social and political issues
An African pragmatist
Nelson Mandela was a great man, but as flawed and inconsistent as the rest of us.
Lasting impressions of Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013
May he rest in peace, and his ideals not be forgotten.
Israel’s new strategic position
Israel's only existential threat is a nuclear Iran -- but Iran's prospects for developing a nuclear weapon are still remote.
Israelis, Saudis and the Iranian Agreement
The US is not abandoning its allies, but it wants them to be more self-reliant in a time of diminishing resources.
Ukraine’s forgotten tragedy
Eighty years after Stalin turned the Ukraine into a death camp where millions died of starvation, few remember.
Nov 22, 1963: John F Kennedy
It was not Lee Harvey Oswald who shattered the dream of Camelot.
Nov 22, 1963: C. S. Lewis
When it comes to a legacy, Lewis’ creative apologetics is hard to beat.
The new Asian Tiger can cope
The Philippines is no longer a basket case. It will bounce back after Typhoon Haiyan.
A perfect storm of corruption and neglect
Politicians are responsible for grievous neglect of disaster risk reduction in the Philippines.
Ideology and necessity
They may detest each other, but Iran and the United States will eventually strike a deal.
The Obamacare website rollout: not what the doctor ordered
The administration’s idealists have been defeated by the reality of engineering.
The distance between us
A prize-winning photographer seeks answers to his twin brother's struggle with disability.
US foreign policy from the founders’ perspective
How does Thomas Jefferson's principle of neutrality guide the United States now?
Do what you love - you already have everything you need
At 19, Maggie Doyne set up a home in Nepal for orphans.
What is a dictator?
Dividing nations into black and white, dictators and democrats, misses the political and moral complexity of real life.
How the West really lost God
The decline in the family has driven a decline in religious practice, says an American journalist.
The roots of the American shutdown
The primary system has placed unyielding ideologues at the centre of US politics.
A passionate quest to open deaf ears
An Australian doctor is one of three honoured for the development of “bionic ears”.
Are America’s interests aligning with Iran’s?
Iran is weak; the US wants to avoid going to war. Is a deal possible?
Obamacare: a poor deal for my family
One middleclass family crunches the numbers and finds Obamacare costs more and offers less.
In praise of honest work
If we believed in the honour of work, employment would take care of itself.
US and Europe: geopolitical team of rivals
No matter what Americans do, their European friends will sniff that they are cowboys or naifs.
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