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Politicians and government officials rarely tell outright lies; the cost of being caught out in a lie is too high.
The AU’s modest proposal has been greeted with an outcry all over the continent.
Two governments did bold, brave things last week. One of them quit and called a new election even though it had a viable majority.
It’s not a question of whether “Mutti” (Mom) will still be in power after the German election this Sunday.
The psychodrama in Washington grows ever more bizarre.
The most important hamburger in the history of the world was cooked (but only half-eaten) in London on Monday.
There is a good deal of chatter in the media about the “end of the Arab Spring,” some who can barely conceal their delight.
Egypt and Turkey have the same basic political problem.
President Barack Obama has been trapped by his own promise to arm Syrian rebels
Mandela has laid the foundations. He was the right man for the job: a saint who also understood realpolitik.
There are not all that many 3D printers in circulation yet, but in five or 10 years they may be as common as mobile phones.
There are close to 200 independent countries in the world, and only one in a hundred is currently at war
After a spectacularly unsuccessful term as Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe has adopted a different approach in his second try
No Western government — nor any Arab government, either — is willing to put soldiers on the ground in Syria
U.S. Department of Justice calls homemade bomb used at Boston Marathon a weapon of mass destruction
Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution
Margaret Thatcher the first to realize it was possible to win elections on a platform that simply ignored the wishes and needs of the poor
The winner of last week’s election in Italy was a mythical beast called “Grillosconi”
A shift in the world’s centre of economic gravity does not necessarily spell doom for those whose relative influence has dwindled
Benedict was chosen by his colleagues because they believed that he would fight off fundamental change, and he performed his duty well