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  • Putin is the world's most hypocritical leader

    Vladimir Putin may be the world's most hypocritical leader. The debate over the Syrian chemical weapons attack has brought this into sharp focus. The Russian president has repeatedly called the idea that the Syrian government carried out the attack...
  • While Washington is preoccupied with Syria and the budget, Iran makes a move

    While Washington is preoccupied with Syria and the budget, Iran makes a move
    Washington is preoccupied with two all-consuming debates right now. First, of course, is Syria. President Barack Obama placed his faith in two wholly untrustworthy figures. Syrian President Bashar Assad has shown himself to be a consummate liar, and...
  • Western intervention in Syria is long overdue (UPDATED)

    Syria is fast becoming the new Somalia -- a nation whose central government wields little control over the bulk of the country while feuding sects and gangs fight each other as well as the thoroughly discredited president, Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile,...
  • Joel Brinkley: Leadership, not locusts, is Egypt's greatest plague

    A plague of locusts swept through Egypt a few weeks ago, an estimated 30 million of the critters. Egyptian officials tried to downplay the phenomenon, hoping to quash any biblical analogies. They noted that locust swarms show up in the spring every now...
  • Joel Brinkley: Dam construction raising regional tensions

    Here come those dastardly dams! In Asia, Africa and the Middle East, nations are aggressively building new hydroelectric dams, seemingly heedless of the potentially disastrous effects on the countries downstream. As examples, Laos broke ground on a...
  • Joel Brinkley: Victims of forgotten war need the world's attention

    The forgotten war has just turned 10 years old, but of course almost no one took notice. Since early 2003, at least 300,000 people have been killed. More than 2 million others have been forced from their homes. And day by day, even now, the problems...
  • Joel Brinkley: Poland still coping with dark past

    WARSAW, Poland -- Simcha Rotem was stooped, his head bowed showing tiny wisps of white hair as he stood at a podium between two black menorahs spewing towering gas flames. Behind him a new, 40-foot-tall black stone frieze showed armed guerilla fighters,...
  • Joel Brinkley: Nigeria's squandered opportunity

    Just outside President Goodluck Jonathan's office sat 17 ambulances, just in case he or one of his aides fell ill. They were seldom if ever used. No actual health-care facility nationwide had as many, and in fact a few still have none at all. But as soon...
  • Joel Brinkley: The UN's rogue rapporteur

    If you're looking for someone to loathe, I have a strong candidate to offer: Richard Falk, the United Nations Human Rights Council's "special rapporteur" for the Palestinians. Falk has pursued a long and, shall I say, controversial career since he...
  • Joel Brinkley: Settlements still blocking Middle East peace agreement

    President Obama's makeup visit to Israel was a great success, by most measures, but don't expect peace between Israelis and Palestinians anytime soon -- despite Obama's ringing call for it. Relations between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
  • Joel Brinkley: Can Taiwan pull China toward democracy?

    President Ma Ying-jeou sat at the head of large conference table in his presidential office, and inscribed on the wall behind him was the name of his nation: Republic of China. Beside that, in parentheses and smaller letters, was acknowledgment that he...