World Beat Newsletter

Adolescent Tantrum

One year ago, our greatest fear was that the president, still unable to master his hormones, would try to go mano a mano with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Foreign Occupation

This week at FPIF, we debut our new strategic focus on the global U.S. military footprint – and how to shrink it.

Asian Armageddon?

All this talk of peace runs straight up against the major increases in military spending and the acquisition of ever more sophisticated weaponry.

Desperately Looking for Legacy

George W. Bush's numbers have sunk so low that he's decided to embrace not just a single sick patient or even a hospital full of them. This week, the president will be hugging an entire continent.

Klaatu Barada Nikto

World leaders no longer have to wait for aliens to show up with apocalyptic threats and mysterious weapons. We are perfectly capable of destroying the planet ourselves without outside help.

Poor, Deluded Europeans

Wouldn't it be nice if the U.S. government took a cue from the Europeans or even from our own history to come up with a more visionary stimulus package?

Ignorance is Bliss

The selective ignorance of the Bush administration--and its preference that the media and the public follow suit--has brought us to our current impasse.

Missionary Zeal

While the media debates endlessly whether America can overcome racism and sexism and finally elect an African-American commander-in-chief or a female to the White House, there’s been very little consideration of what it might mean to have a former missionary in the Oval Office.
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