The problem isn't just with China. Even after the election of Barack Obama, many are left wondering: What's the matter with us?
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Why are more than a dozen of the world's navies converging on Somalia to battle pirates there instead of sailing into New York to capture the Wall Street pirates?
Even if Obama holds to his word on torture, closes Guantánamo within the year, applies the same yardstick to detainees at Bagram and in Iraq, and eliminates the Clinton-era policy on extraordinary rendition, the death of the "global war on terror," as Mark Twain once said of his own prematurely published obituary, is greatly exaggerated.
Let's pretend that we've simply gotten off on the wrong foot with this century.
As Bush's days in office wind down, the ultimate lame duck and his circle of sycophants begin to look towards securing his legacy.
Zionist ideology -- the notion that redemption comes through the settlement of land -- is powerful. It's the heart of the settler state's mythology, in Israel as in the United States.
When it comes to foreign policy Barack Obama seems so very 20th century.
The U.S. economy has been crumbling for some time, and the backlog of necessary repairs is long. The same can be said for many other economies around the world, so it's no wonder that everyone is readying their own fiscal cures.
In a country still so divided, the words of the song -- Imagine all the people, living life in peace -- has special resonance.
When a group of militants wages a ruthless campaign against civilians, a government certainly must respond. But the issue is: what kind of response?