John Bellinger is the last person in Washington you'd expect to criticise President Barack Obama for making too many drone strikes. It was he who drafted the (rather unconvincing) legal justification for targeted drone killings when he was legal adviser to the secretary of state in George W. Bush's second administration, and he still supports them.
Of course human beings have always fought wars. Of course a quarter of the adult males in the typical primitive society died violently, in wars and in fights.
First of all, dismiss all those news stories saying that the Assad regime has started using chemical weapons against its own citizens, and that this has crossed a ''red line'' and will trigger foreign military intervention in Syria.
There are, we are told, only two options.
Last month, as the anti-Muslim violence in Burma spread from Rakhine state in western Burma to the central Burmese city of Meiktila, Aung San Suu Kyi sat among the generals on the reviewing stand as the Burmese army marched past on Armed Forces Day.
There have been no elections in Somalia since 1967 and there won't be any this year either.
Margaret Thatcher was the woman who began the shift to the right that has affected almost all the countries of the West in the past three decades.
Fourteen years ago, scientists developed a genetically engineered version of rice that would promote the production of vitamin A to counter blindness and other diseases in children in developing countries.
The US-South Korean military exercises will continue until the end of this month, and the North Korean threats to do something terrible if they do not stop grow more hysterical by the day.
One hesitates to quote Dave Barry, but sometimes you just have to: ''Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilised world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once.''
''We are at a point today when the guns will fall silent and ideas will speak,'' declared Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey, on March 21.
Robert G. Patman and Sumantra Maitra explain why Iran must not become another Iraq.
Could a failed bank robbery in Cyprus cause the collapse of the euro?
in the name of the Taliban were aimed at serving the foreigners and supporting the presence of the foreigners in Afghanistan and keeping them in Afghanistan by intimidating us,'' said Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai on Sunday. What on Earth could he have meant by that?
''The graveyards are full of indispensable men,'' said Georges Clemenceau, the prime minster of France during World War 1, and promptly died to prove his point. He was duly replaced, and France was just fine without him. The same goes for Hugo Chavez and Venezuela.
Last week's announcement by China's Ministry of Finance that the country will introduce a carbon tax, probably in the next two years, did not dominate the international headlines.
The winner of last week's election in Italy was a mythical beast called ''Grillosconi''.
''Floggings will continue until morale improves.''
You know the storyline by now. There are one million US-dollar millionaires in China (''To get rich is glorious,'' said former leader Deng Xiao-ping). Seventy percent of the homes in China are bought for cash. China's total trade - the sum of imports and exports - is now bigger than that of the United States.
It's the ROMAN Catholic Church, not the Republican Catholic Church or the People's Revolutionary Socialist Democratic Catholic Church. Its rigid hierarchy and its centralising instincts are almost entirely because of the fact that it became the state religion of the Roman Empire more than 1600 years ago. And the Pope is still, in essence, the emperor.