Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College. He is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance and, most recently, Year Zero: A History of 1945.

Sort By
Hong Kong protests
World Affairs 16

Who Loves China?

Tens of thousands of people have been “occupying” the tear-gas-filled streets of Hong Kong’s Central district to fight for their democratic rights, and many more may soon join them. With the Chinese… read more

Bombed Buildings Gaza
World Affairs 33

Why Bomb Civilians?

The problem with strategic bombing, in which civilians are regarded as legitimate targets, is that it seems never to have worked. The Palestinians, whether they are ruled by Hamas or not, will not… read more

japanese government Shinzo Abe  to revise pacifist-constitution
World Affairs 3

Abe’s Long March

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s coalition government has decided to “reinterpret” the postwar Japanese constitution. The new interpretation would allow Japan to use military force in support of… read more

Newsart for The Trouble with Europe
World Affairs 11

The Trouble with Europe

Though the Euroskeptic right may not win a majority of seats in this month's European Parliament election, its collective strength represents a blow to the cause of European unity. Why is a project… read more

Newsart for Cold War Comforts
World Affairs 7

Cold War Comforts

In the aftermath of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, US President Barack Obama has sough to assure the world that a new Cold War is not at hand. But, in many ways, the Cold… read more

Newsart for Sorry for Nothing
World Affairs 5

Sorry for Nothing

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed a committee of historians to reevaluate the government’s 1993 apology to the military's World War II-era sex slaves. At a time when Japan’s relations … read more

Newsart for The Idiocy of Olympic Values
World Affairs 8

The Idiocy of Olympic Values

It should surprise no one that the preparations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, turned out to be wildly expensive and riddled with corruption. But the root of the problems in Sochi lies… read more

Commentaries available in 12 Languages