The more I read about the massive government corruption in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela and other countries where top officials have been accused of stealing fortunes with near total impunity, the more I like a new proposal that is making the rounds in world legal circles — creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court.
I arrived in Berlin last week hoping to see something rare: a country that’s prosperous, well-governed and even happy, if only because it was just crowned champion of soccer’s World Cup.
Vladimir Putin has become a global menace. There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader’s reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons in an effort to destabilize Ukraine.
Hillary Clinton reportedly plans to spend most of the summer in relative seclusion, after a month-long pre-campaign road test promoting her qualifications from being secretary of state and testing her stamina for a potential marathon ahead.
The conventional wisdom is that Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup has created an unprecedented climate of gloom that will affect President Dilma Rousseff’s chances to win re-election in October. But the conventional wisdom may be wrong. There are several reasons to believe that she may still win a second term.
I’ve got some foreign policy good news. Really. Never mind that U.S. foreign policy appears irrelevant in Gaza, spineless in Syria, irresponsible in Iraq and grossly stupid in Germany (whoever OK’d our dumb spy efforts there should be fired).
Having ignored Iraq since 2009, the Obama team is now desperately trying to devise a way to prevent its total collapse — and to roll back the jihadi state newly established on a third of Iraqi territory.
Republicans are once again criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of immigration. Despite a lot of talk, the GOP has done nothing to improve its dire political standing with Hispanics.
When the World Cup comes to an end and life returns to normal, Latin American countries should ask themselves a key question: Why can’t we produce a Messi, a Neymar or a James — arguably the world’s biggest soccer stars — in science or technology?
When Lyndon Johnson became president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, so closely had he played his political cards that nobody was exactly sure what he believed in. Very quickly, the surprising answer became clear: civil rights. Johnson went all-in on Kennedy’s stalled bill, declaring: “What’s the point of being president if you can’t do what you know is right?”