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At last the tide has turned. After centuries of huge advances by the rightists, those who drive on the left finally have a victory to celebrate. On September 7, Samoa will stop...
Some years ago, a political science professor at a Japanese university told me that he reckoned you could fit everybody who counted in Japan into one room. There are about 400 of...
Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was an intelligence agent. Since he worked for the Libyan government, he probably did some bad things. But he probably did not do the specific bad thing...
It’s still a nest of terrorists around here, but nobody worries about it much. These days when you hear a helicopter at night, it’s only the medevac chopper bringing some...
“They have the watches, but we have the time,” say the Taliban commanders in Afghanistan, and it’s perfectly true. The election on August 20, 2009 is not going to change that....
Can Rupert Murdoch save the newspaper industry by making people pay to read the news on-line? Probably not, though his reputation as a financial wizard (he is many times a...
It is generally agreed that North Korea and Burma (also known as Myanmar) have the two most oppressive regimes in Asia. They rule over two of the poorest countries in the...
A year ago this week, Georgia attacked Russia. It was like Jamaica attacking the United States. It was such a foolish and foredoomed act that at first, most people believed...
It was a triumph of democracy. On July 25, in a free election, Iraq’s Kurds finally elected a real opposition party to their regional parliament. According to preliminary results...
Two years ago this month, there were 24 left. Now, they are all gone, and there is nobody alive who fought in the First World War.   Well, there is still Jack Babcock, who...

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