Perhaps some folks who attend the Global Councils meeting are so deep into their various NGO terrains trying to alleviate poverty, curtail pandemics and disease, deal with water shortage problems, enhance human rights and the like that the fragility of the developed economies doesn't really rank as a big concern. Maybe World Economic Forums and the network of business leaders and economists just naturally tilt to more positive takes on the globalization track and downplay the downsides.
This alleged Iranian assassination plot against Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel Al-Jubeir simultaneously indicates both the intensity of anti-Saudi passion among Iran's senior leaders and a greater aggressiveness by Iran against the US. This is a serious situation -- and this kind of assassination is the sort that could lead to an unexpected cascade of events that could draw the US and other powers into a consequential conflagration in the Middle East.
Romney may have taken a page from Bush's playbook in the announcement on Friday of his roster of national-security advisers
As long as the US is dependent on Pakistan's support, and fears that a nuclear-armed Pakistan that is untethered, would be disastrous for US and global interests, then Pakistan has license to continue to misbehave and taunt the US political and military operations inside Afghanistan. America has got to shrink its footprint in Afghanistan, become less dependent on Pakistan with which it is already in low level hot conflict, and begin a new strategy in the region that helps contain Pakistan and the danger it represents. That can't be done mired in an Afghanistan quagmire.
In his big Citadel speech, the former Massachusetts governor failed to address the complex problems America faces
Israel and Palestine can never sell a deal internally without blaming outside powers for compelling them to do what is in their long term interests
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is officially gone, ending one of the most bigoted and shameful laws passed in modern times
It's irresponsible, toxic and demeaning to others on the panel with whom he agreed to work
Word broke over the weekend that Obama's funniest speechwriter is decamping for California
Bleak news about the US economy and joblessness abound. But the ISI Group has a contrarian report out suggesting that while things look bleak now, employment figures may see a boost in coming months.
The former first lady is known as an education supporter, but her commitment to international bridge-building goes overlooked
In Arizona, the GOP plans to raffle off a Glock handgun, the same brand used to kill six and wound 13 others -- including Gabrielle Giffords
The propaganda of a growing U.S.-based network agitating against the spread of Shariah Law sounds eerily like a new McCarthyism