World Beat Newsletter

Divest Now?

The anti-sweatshop campaigns, the protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the mobilizations against free-trade agreements have all been an education in the global economy that is rarely found in the classroom.

We Get Religion

I pray for the day when the scales fall from our leaders' eyes, they expiate their political sins, and Washington is wholly transfigured.

Art as Jujitsu

War grabs the headlines, and anti-war art grabs our attention. They do so with some of the same tools: guns, bombs, and body counts.

The Taiwan of Europe

According to the compromise proposal of UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari, the international community was to grant "supervised independence" to Kosovo, the largely Albanian enclave in southern Serbia.

Bazaar-o World

Name the country in the Middle East that is most anti-American. Egypt? Palestine? Lebanon? Try again. Try instead our key NATO ally, the third largest recipient of U.S. military aid, and one of the countries in line for membership in the European Union.

Xtreme Gulpism

The United States did not invent greed. But particularly in the last quarter century, Americans have taken excess to a new level. Extravagance was once the province of kings and emperors. Now, even the head of a relatively obscure company can earn fabulous riches.
With the policymakers who have steered our country in the wrong direction absent from Washington, now is the time for YOU to start making US foreign policy.

Memo to the President, 2020

Although we are currently considered revisionist historians, I believe that my End of Empire books definitively establish that the financial crisis that the United States experienced in 2007 was the key element in destroying our position in the world.

Seoul Searching

after several years of strained relations between Seoul and Washington, will the Bush administration do a similar about-face and throw a lifeline to Roh Moo-Hyun?

Geography is a Flavor

It is often said that Americans learn their geography only when a war prompts the TV news to display a map, with helpful arrows and starbursts to indicate ground assaults and aerial attacks amid the confusing borders and hard-to-pronounce place names.
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