World still lives in shadows of WWII

Seventy years ago this week Adolf Hitler, the Nazi dictator of Germany, ignited the most cataclysmic war in history. Some six years later, with over...

World has stake in U.S. election

Just about everyone across the globe has a stake in the U.S. presidential elections and the role of America as the leader of the...

Sarkozy adds dash of realism

The remarkable aspect of the recent French presidential election was how uncannily it shared similarities with the American presidential election of November 2004. Nicolas...

How the West was duped

When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini announced on Valentine’s Day 1989 the death sentence on Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses, and others associated with...

Bush’s Trumanesque moment

The weekly Economist for June 12 placed Iraq on its cover once again. The timing of the cover story was significant. Nine days earlier...

Song in a minority key

Paul Martin insists “Canada is a nation of minorities,” and that only his Liberal party can defend this nation’s minorities from some bullying majority....

India: 60 years later

As the midnight hour approached for India 60 years ago on Aug. 15, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, the prime minister designate, took to the podium...

Moderation mode

Ever since those who make Islam into an ideology of jihad (holy war) against the West struck on Sept. 11, 2001, the search for...

Staged election fools no one

Unfailingly, tyrants want approval from those upon whom they stomp, a show of public support legitimizing their power. But they can never be sure...

Let’s not monkey with Qur’an

There is not a day passes when the world does not hear cursing of Jews pouring out of the Arab-Muslim world. The verses from the...

Edging toward meltdown

The political situation in which Pakistan finds itself on its 60th independence anniversary, unlike that of India, is one of fear, and the question...

The dilemma of waging a just war

ANNABA, ALGERIA—I made my way to this port city with a copy of St. Augustine’s Confessions as my companion. Annaba is on the east...

North Africa and globalization

Politics generates as great a passion across North Africa as does soccer. But unlike soccer, politics has to be guarded, for democracy exists here...

U.S. mess started with Carter

The story of man’s fall is in part the history of unintended effects of his initial actions. Paris of Troy falls in love with Helen...

Islam’s worst enemies

Extremists’ violent perversion of religion threatens us all On the eve of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Muslim terrorists belonging to Indonesia’s...