Monday, April 21, 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.

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World Affairs 6

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

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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

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World Affairs 7

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

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World Affairs 6

Diplomats Behaving Badly

Diplomats, normally discreet figures who rarely court publicity, have been in the news a lot lately, for all the wrong reasons. Two recent arrests of diplomats by their host countries have put a… read more

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World Affairs 6

The Kennedy Temptation

Viewed from today’s perspective, John F. Kennedy’s presidency seems like a high point of American prestige. But if Kennedy had completed his presidency, his legacy almost certainly would not have… read more

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World Affairs 3

Snowden and the Pope

Pope Francis recently claimed that atheists are safe from the fires of Hell, as long as they listen to their own conscience. That view certainly is in accord with the extreme individualism of our… read more

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World Affairs 7

Bombing for Morality

A gift for words was always US President Barack Obama’s strongest asset. In Syria, it now looks as if his words – calling the use of chemical weapons a red line that Bashar al-Assad must not cross –… read more

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World Affairs 7

The Myth of Khaki Democracy

If the outcomes of democratic elections are not respected, people will seek other means to make themselves heard. Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s autocratic inclinations may have damaged… read more

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