Peak Coffee?

We’ve been hearing about peak oil for years. But now some experts are warning of an even more serious crisis: Peak coffee.

A Trip Down Memory Lane (Militaries and Democracy Edition)

A few thoughts/historical examples, as to why I am guarded in my optimism on Egypt.

Transatlantic Plane Wars

European subsidies have given Airbus a competitive advantage over America’s Boeing in commercial aircraft salesboein. The reverse is true on military aircraft.

Americans Wealthier Than You Think

How rich is the United States? Our poor are richer than the richest in India.

OTB Foreign Desk

Today’s Foreign Desk includes comments on Brazil’s floods, developments in Ivory Coast, and Silvio Berlusconi’s sex scandal.

Hillary, Hugo, and that Diplomacy Thing

Diplomacy means having to be nice.

New Security Council Members (and a Discussion Question)

Should the UN expand the number of permanent Security Council members?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: 9/11 Truther

If it’s September, it must be time for Mahmoud Ahmadinjad to stand up before the United Nations General Assembly and say something completely insane.

Global Governance?

We need global cooperation to deal with a growing variety of serious problems. But we can’t even agree amongst ourselves on policy options.

Paul Krugman’s Economic Silliness

According to Paul Krugman’s latest column, the massive destruction of World War Two was actually good for the U.S. economy. Sadly, there are people who consider him an expert.

How to Spot Bogus “The Jihadists are Hooking up with Latin American Drug Cartel” Stories

Since 9/11 there has been a steady trickle of stories about jihadists hooking up with Latin American drug cartels and the like. Here is a guide of story points that can help you identify when such a story is almost certainly bogus.

More Lithium!

Do we care about lithium reserves in Afghanistan?

Cuban Exports

Freedom and Wealth