World Beat Newsletter

Pop ’til We Drop?

Compared to oil, water, land, and carbon emissions, population is the only positive "peak" that we are approaching. The number of human beings will level off in this century and the sooner we get there the better.

Die Hard

The war that broke out last week between Russia and Georgia is a terrifying reminder that the disintegration of the Soviet Union is far from over.

Going for the Gold

Forty years after the historic 1968 Olympics, the eyes of the world are focused on Beijing.

Will He or Won’t He?

Will George W. Bush, prodded by his pitchfork-wielding vice president, bomb Iran before the end of his term?

Hair of the Dog

But what is dubious as a hangover cure is even more so as a solution to the current climate crisis.

Be Ahead of the Pack

Here's a tip on how to sound smart on foreign policy. When your friends are talking about the Iraq War, shake your head and look very somber. "The real problem," you inform them, "is Iran."

Bush Gets One Right?

The vehemence of the hard-line opposition to the Bush administration's North Korea policy suggests that, after seven years of blunders and miscues and outright war crimes, Washington has finally done the right thing on a foreign policy issue.
When, one by one, civil movements dislodged the communist governments in the region and ecstatic East Berliners tore down the Berlin Wall, we rejoiced too.

Empty Plate Club

What happened to the global food crisis? It was in the news and out again as quickly as a bad Hollywood movie.

Getting to Yes

The country would be in better shape if Wisconsin were in charge.
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