The Skeptics

No Aid for Pyongyang

The so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is one of the world’s poorest nations. An estimated 600,000 or more people died as a result of famine in the late 1990s. Malnutrition and even starvation reportedly again stalk this tragic nation.

Playing Fast and Loose with Terms like “Revolution”

Last month, when I began following the developments in Egypt, I was reluctant to use the term “revolution.” It was far too early to tell whether the world would stand witness to fundamental changes in that country’s dominant political institutions, social order, and government policies--transformations typically associated with a term like “revolution.” Perhaps it would not go that far and remain an “uprising” or “re

China’s Increasing Assertiveness and Its Implications

Beijing has surprised a good many international observers by sending a warship to waters off the Libyan coast. There is a perfectly reasonable explanation for that step, since there are some 30,000 Chinese nationals living and working in Libya who may need to be rescued from the chaos in that country. Nevertheless, it is an unprecedented step for the Chinese navy.

Resist Temptation to Intervene in Libya

It’s emotionally wrenching to see images of peaceful protesters being gunned down in the streets by Muammar Gaddafi’s security forces. The understandable outrage that such sights generate is already leading to calls for international, especially Western, military intervention.