By all accounts, President Obama's visit to China last week was pretty much a failure on all the major issues, which include China's contributions to climate change, nuclear weapons, and various aspects of the world economy. . . .
In a recent op-ed column for Free Inquiry magazine, Thomas Clark claims that the defense of human agency that some folks, including me, have been advancing for many years involves what he terms “contra-causal” free will. . . .
Harvard University financial historian Niall Ferguson has climbed to the head of the doom brigade – and the bestseller lists – with his strong views, clear prose and prescient pronouncements about the global financial crisis. . . .
After being quoted in a collegiate newspaper that he had “challenged” an economic study penned by two Harvard faculty members, a sociologist at the University of Texas has insisted that he was not formally critiquing their work, but rather providing an alternative explanation for the economic successes of certain societies compared to others. . . .
Before the shift in political power in September, Japan aggressively lobbied a U.S. congressional nuclear task force to maintain the credibility of the U.S. "nuclear umbrella" to deter possible attacks by China and North Korea, sources said Monday. . . .
The decision to try accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators in New York has brought renewed attention to the thorny problem of how to deal with the detainees at Guantánamo Bay. . . .
My column today uses Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee as a springboard to talk about how the Republican Party’s biggest problem, increasingly, is less a dearth of creative conservative policy ideas than a dearth of politicians interested in embracing them and selling them. . . .