| Jul 28, 2013
SEOUL — Americans like to pretend that politics don't matter and to bemoan the slight differences between our political parties. These are luxuries we can afford as the world's richest and most stable country. But for much of the world, politics are...
| Apr 15, 2013
Monday's Pictures in the News begins in North Korea, where people visit giant statues of the late North Korean leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and his son Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile...
| Apr 19, 2013
The eyes of the world were on Boston this week with the two bomb blasts during the marathon on Monday and subsequent manhunt for two brothers believed to be the perpetrators....
| Mar 6, 2011
Geopolitics. Rhinoplasty. Who knew those would be among the hottest topics in Asia for 2011? It was news to me, and I've been going back and forth to Asia for a quarter-century, with trips to Japan and China last year alone. To see what the Asia...
| May 4, 2011
| 4:30 AM
The U.S. is the world's leading humanitarian nation and has been one of the largest donors of emergency food to North Korea. The New York Times insists policymakers should continue to focus on the humanitarian virtues of giving food to madman Kim Jong...
| Nov 26, 2010
If somebody were to tell you that the long tragedy of human warfare entered a new and deadly phase in the fourth decade of the 20th century, the historically literate mind almost certainly would jump to the invention of the atomic bomb, which ushered in...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 5:20 AM
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Defying warnings from the international community, North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Friday, but it broke apart before escaping the earth's atmosphere and fell into the sea.
The launch drew condemnation from United...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 7:25 AM
Officials from the United States and the United Nations say the U.N. Security Council will meet Friday to discuss North Korea's botched long-range missile launch -- an act U.N. officials called deplorable and destabilizing despite its failure.
| Dec 28, 2011
| 11:25 AM
What do we pay for when we buy a ticket to a play or a movie or a symphony? On one side of the generation gap is the idea that plays — not audience members — are to be seen and heard, in the dark, with all attention directed forward. And on...
| Dec 31, 2011
| 8:00 PM
Were you paying attention to the pop culture in 2011? It was certainly an eventful year, with pop stars and talk show hosts grabbing headlines and a colorful cast of Republican presidential hopefuls jockeying for position. Here's a little test to make...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 8:48 AM
It is common for writers at the end of the year to give a summation of the previous 12 months' events and to end on a hopeful note for the new year. Forgive me for being so common.
No matter your political persuasion, the world lost 3 villains in 2011: ...