World Beat Newsletter

Scorched-Earth Presidency

The cost of the war, coupled with the tax giveaways to the wealthy, has contributed to enlarging the U.S. budget deficit to nearly $500 billion, the highest ever.

Of Coffee and Capitalism

The rise of Starbucks also seems to correspond with the expansion of the go-go economy.

Stealth Crisis

When pundits talk about the U.S. elections and foreign policy, they focus on Iraq and Iran. But the third member of the infamous "axis of evil" may prove to be just as influential.

Asia’s Olympic Debs

Like any coming-of-age event, the Olympics not only acknowledge transformation, they can be part of that transformation.

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."
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