Crony Capitalism Comes Home

October 26, 2011 Crony Capitalism Comes Home By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Whenever I write about Occupy Wall Street, some readers ask me if the protesters really are half-naked Communists aiming to bring down the American economic system when they’re not doing drugs or having sex in public. The answer is […]

Limits of Magical Thinking

October 25, 2011 Limits of Magical Thinking By MAUREEN DOWD Steve Jobs, the mad perfectionist, even perfected his stare. He wanted it to be hypnotic. He wanted the other person to blink first. He wanted it to be, like Dracula’s saturnine gaze, a force that could bend your will to […]

Billionaire Sawiris Says Egypt Risks Becoming Iran

Source / Courtesy: Bloomberg From his 33rd-floor penthouse apartment with sweeping views of the Nile River, Naguib Sawiris, Egypt’s best-known billionaire and most prominent Christian, can hear the chants of Friday prayers in the distance. As he sits down to a breakfast of taameya and ful, dishes made from fava beans, demonstrators are gathering […]

Obama risks Iraq for political expediency

Source: CNN Author: William Bennett In his first inaugural address in 1953, newly elected President Dwight D. Eisenhower told the American people, “History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose.” This was […]

In Indonesia, Radical Islam Threatens Democracy

By Prashanth Parameswaran Under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia has emerged as a success story in many ways. It has waged a resilient campaign against terrorism, achieved the third-highest economic growth rate among G-20 countries and demonstrated dynamic leadership within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Moreover, this political […]

Victory for Ennahda – Why Tunisians Voted for the Islamists

Source: Spiegel International In a major setback for Tunisia’s elite, the Islamist Ennahda Party looks set to lead the country’s first democratically elected government. They appealed to the common people who sought greater credibility in politics. But concerns the country might soon become a new theocracy are exaggerated, because Tunisian Islamists are looking to […]