Asia

The Crime of the Century
A year after claiming Crimea for Russia, Putin appears to have gotten away with the heist
March 04, 2015

One year after Russia's smash-and-grab, the world has all but conceded Crimea to Vladimir Putin.

Even Vladimir Putin's Authoritarian Allies Are Fed Up With Russia's Crumbling Economy
January 18, 2015

It's “kind of like a party where no one wants to be, like one of those awful family lunches.”

As the British Empire Was Falling Apart, Gandhi Gave This Advice to the Rest of Asia
December 09, 2014

Leaders from all over Asia came, and they came up with a list of ten goals for the continent.

The Military Coup in Thailand Is Putting the U.S. in an Awkward Position
May 23, 2014

U.S. law says we must suspend aid to Thailand, but strategic military interests may inspire a more nuanced approach.

The Geopolitics of Cheating
Soccer's fixing epidemic is a symptom of a much bigger problem.
February 18, 2013

Soccer's fixing epidemic is a symptom of a much bigger problem.

What Qaddafi’s Fall Means for His Evil Minions in South America, Asia, and Africa
August 26, 2011

Judging from the fervor of their celebrations, the Libyan people are acutely aware that they will benefit from the fall of Muammar Qaddafi. But Libya is hardly the only country that has reason to rejoice. As committed as the dictator was to destroying his own country, he posed an equal—perhaps even greater—danger to developing countries in other parts of the world. From the time he assumed power, Qaddafi leveraged Libya’s oil money, and his own willingness to have his country become a pariah state, to support insurgencies from East Asia, to South America, to southern Africa.

e-Salvation
March 03, 2011

What Technology Wants By Kevin Kelly (Viking, 406 pp., $27.95)   Kevin Kelly, the éminence grise of Silicon Valley, holds the odd job title of “senior maverick” at Wired magazine, enjoying a cult following among thousands of geeks around the globe.

Driving’s Back Up ... Or Is it?
March 03, 2011

Recent data from the Federal Highway Administration shows that driving patterns, measured by Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), are back to their highest level since 2007. That’s true. Unlike Western Europe and parts of Asia, the U.S. is a growing country.  We’ve added over 29 million people since 2000, and 7 million people since 2007 alone. So one would expect driving to increase, too. What is interesting to note is that combining the growth in VMT and population shows a per capita driving rate that is not growing and, in fact, is pretty much at the same level as it was in 2000.

Watching Cairo
February 15, 2011

For nearly three weeks as I watched the exhilarating news coming from Cairo, I had in my head four great canvases by Delacroix that hang forbiddingly in the Grande Galerie at the Louvre: The Massacre at Scio, The Bark of Dante, The Death of Sardanapalus, Liberty Leading the People.Each of them is a passionate semblance of the threat of death or of death itself. I cannot imagine anyone who has seen these impressions ever having them completely out of his head. I know the images in the Dante very well because I happen to have in my house a Cezanne oil study of the Delacroix original.

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