The country would be in better shape if Wisconsin were in charge.
World Beat Newsletter
Although Iraq is the defining foreign policy issue so far in the presidential race, China will no doubt be smuggled into the election through this rather stark contrast between the Republicans and Democrats over trade.
George W. Bush has probably pushed more people to the left than Noam Chomsky.
In our special Memorial Day edition, World Beat is publishing an obituary for Diplomacy, which died prematurely last week after an extended illness.
Bill McKibben, who has done as much as anyone to focus attention on the crisis, describes the required response to climate change as a "Hail Mary pass".
When it invaded Iraq in 2003, the United States touched a hot stove.
The National Library in Sarejevo still stands in ruins, 16 years after Serbian military forces shelled the building and destroyed over 90% of its priceless contents.
Just recently, the stories of the Erased are starting to appear all over the Slovene capital of Ljubljana, from bus shelters to huge canvasses on the facade of a downtown building under reconstruction.
He may not be perfect, but Kevin Rudd is a refreshing change from the last seven years of John Howard the Bush Kangaroo.
From Beijing's perspective, the debt to Tibet has been paid back. Many Tibetens think differently.