Petulance, the English way

There is a fantasy that the UK could have a much more satisfying future unshackled from the EU. Good luck with that.

The business of partitioning Syria

Erdogan’s main ally in the task of turning Syria into a Sunni-ruled Islamic state is Saudi Arabia.

Egypt's triumph and tragedy

Despite the disaster in Syria, we would still count the Arab Spring as a success if the Egyptian revolution had survived.

What North Korea, Iran and Pakistan have in common

A few nukes wouldn't give Pyongyang much of a nuclear attack capability, but it would offer a credible deterrent.

Zika mania in perspective

This recent mutation in the Zika virus is not part of the endless seesaw battle between viruses and human immune systems. It is just a random event.

Europe's passport-free zone may never return

This is happening not because Germans fear French travellers or Swedes fear Danes.

The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street

Both Trump and Saunders are too radical for at least a third of American voters. That would leave the middle ground: Enter Bloomberg.

Eternally white in Thailand

Asian women spend $13 billion a year on skin-whitening products. Africa is even more extreme.

Refugees, sexual harassment and Angela Merkel

The attackers in Cologne may have been mostly village boys who still believe popular Middle Eastern stereotypes.

Muslims aren't condemned to ceaseless religious wars

Hopefully they will not follow the same foolish, bloody road that Christians took 500 years ago.

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