Current affairs

Apr 29th 2009

At 100 days, the political vital signs of President Obama and his administration are robust. The averages of public polls published by Pollster.com show the president's job approval at 62.2 percent.

Apr 29th 2009

It was at an Arab League summit in Beirut in 2002 that Saudi Arabia's Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, then crown prince, took a political gamble by unveiling a rare comprehensive peace proposal to Israel to end the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Apr 27th 2009

LONDON - George W. Bush has started work on his memoirs. Count to ten before you respond.

Apr 27th 2009

The anxiety over Jacob Zuma's election as president of South Africa obscures a significant milestone: for the first time in decades, a sub-Saharan nation has at its helm a champion of ordinary people.

Apr 24th 2009

Barack Obama's initial statement on the torture memos and his remarks at CIA headquarters suggested that the release of the facts of the case would be accompanied by a policy of refraining from prosecutions.

Apr 23rd 2009

Former CIA Director Hayden and Bush's Attorney General Mukasey published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week that argued, in essence, that using torture works.

Apr 22nd 2009

One of the more momentous power shifts in the last 500 years is taking place as we sift through the debris of America's busted credit bubble.

Apr 22nd 2009

Salman Rushdie's latest novel "The Enchantress of Florence", is a magical flight of the imagination that amounts to more than fine literature. It is a rare feat of mental discipline, produced as a fatwa hangs over the author.

Apr 21st 2009

LONDON - All epoch-defining events are the result of conjunctures - the correlation of normally unconnected events that jolt humanity out of a rut.

Apr 20th 2009

President Obama's recent trips to the G-20 in Europe and the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad have underscored his fundamental realignment of American foreign policy - a shift that will make America both militarily and economically more secure.

Apr 18th 2009

President Obama's statement on releasing the Bush-era torture memos is a curious and depressing document, but it bears the marks of having been revised with care by the president himself. He takes the occasion to assure the country that a dark age has passed.

Apr 17th 2009

Several callers ringing the middle-brow Radio 4 station in England a fortnight ago were concerned about one thing: that placing disestablishment of the Church of England back on the agenda was a serious mistake.

Apr 15th 2009

PRINCETON - Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution condemning "defamation of religion" as a human rights violation.

Apr 14th 2009
Haiti is the poorest country in our hemisphere.
· It is a country of 8.2 million people ..
    Apr 14th 2009

    While the President is off being the leader of the free world and trying to restore prosperity at home, someone needs to manage the blind trust of the Democratic Party before its assets dwindle like shares of Citigroup.

    Apr 14th 2009

    NEW YORK - Mild signs that the rate of economic contraction is slowing in the United States, China, and other parts of the world have led many economists to forecast that positive growth will return to the US in the second half of the year, and that a similar recovery w

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