World Beat Newsletter

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.

What Happens Next?

If I want to command the attention of my friends at a bar or a restaurant, I don't say, "Hey, I've got this great analysis to share with you."

Fashion Statement

If you're going to throw rocks at the government, you'd better dress up for the occasion.

The Taiwan that Roared

For all the vibrancy of Taiwanese politics and the high performance of Taiwan’s economy, the island is something of an embarrassment to the international community. Taiwan looks like a state. It acts like a state. But only two dozen other countries recognize Taiwan as a state.
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