Ian Buruma

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We can still find some comforts in Cold War

In many ways, the Cold War made things easier for US presidents. There were only two great powers — China did not really count until recently — and their spheres of interest were clearly defined...

The glaring idiocy of Olympic values

Even as FIFA, or the International Olympic Committee insist that they are above politics, their grand events are politically exploited by all kinds of regimes, some of them less than savoury ...

Problem is not Obama but American hubris

One reason why Americans elected Obama in 2008 was that the rhetoric of US idealism had once again led to the death and displacement of millions. Now when US politicians talk about “freedom,” people see bombing campaigns, torture chambers, and the constant threat of lethal drones...