Cameroon and Iraq

Where is Cameroon’s President? Cameroon’s Paul Biya is another long-standing African dictator who treats his country more as a personal fief than a responsibility. Nothing shows this more clearly than his travel patterns: according to this analysis, the president spends at least 1/3 of every year abroad.   How the Iraqi Yazidis were saved? Long-form investigation of how a small … More Cameroon and Iraq

Bless the Teens

Almost everyone who lives or works in a big city knows the feeling: You’re sitting inside a quiet subway car when the doors open and a throng of children — often on a class trip — boards the train. Your quiet car is suddenly loud and packed with people jostling for space. Sometimes, it’s worth … More Bless the Teens

Melania Knew

Dear America: Come on, you can’t be serious. The ongoing saga over a president, a porn star and a payoff is so lewd and tawdry that it can’t simply be added to the ever-expanding list of horrible misbehaviors of a womanizing misogynist. It’s not even the infidelity that most bothers me. I view that as … More Melania Knew

How to Make Peace

Three fascinating pieces on how to best construct and implement peace agreements to end civil wars. Looking at agreements from the recent past, two articles highlight certain important aspects that peace deals need to succeed, and where current efforts are failing. The other article looks at the realities of the Westphalian agreement and what might be learned from it today. … More How to Make Peace

David Leonhardt’s Take on The Pundit Fallacy

Like many people, I’m disturbed by the way congressional Republicans have dealt with two big issues affecting children in recent months. The Republicans have allowed a health-insurance program for several million low-income children to lapse and have failed to pass a bill to protect the Dreamers, a group of immigrants brought to the United States … More David Leonhardt’s Take on The Pundit Fallacy

Britain’s Nuclear Problems

Britain’s under-construction Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor is economically, politically, and scientifically controversial. This piece not only explains all of those issues, but also raises deeper questions about nuclear energy in Europe generally, and the financing and transparency of massive government infrastructure projects.

Escalation in Yemen?

Two major events have brought global eyes back to Yemen: the firing of a sophisticated missile at Saudi Arabia’s capital city, and the death of Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. “Saleh will be remembered as the man who shaped modern Yemen in his own image, but who was more willing to burn the country to the ground than … More Escalation in Yemen?

“Who Run The World?”  (Sadly, not) girls…Yet.

Here are my thoughts on this whole “hoo-ha” regarding our “hoo-ha’s”: Five percent of the cost for menstrual products is tax, which basically means that women are having to pay the price for being born with a healthy, well-functioning, uterus. Thankfully, women have recognized that there’s something clearly wrong with this and have begun to stand … More “Who Run The World?”  (Sadly, not) girls…Yet.