North Korea's missile: the China factor "Long before North Korea put the missile on a launch pad, right around the time that the U.S. was trying to get it to accept biscuits and food aid in exchange for curbing its nuclear program, a very different deal received less attention than, perhaps, it should have."
An end to the war on drugs? "As a normally pro-forma gathering of leaders gets under way in Cartagena this weekend, Latin America could instead be approaching its declaration of independence from the US. The change in what seemed to be an immovable subservience has come gradually, but the immediate cause is drugs."
Syria's propaganda war "As the threat against foreign journalists has increased in Syria, so has the media's reliance on opposition activists on the ground. But amid the growing fog of war, it's becoming harder to tell the difference between truth, rumour and spin. Has the nexus between activists and journalists become too close?"
American Mozart "'I like Kanye,' Obama continues, with an easy smile. 'He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented.' 'Even though you called him a jackass?' 'He is a jackass,' Obama says, in his likable and perfectly balanced modern-professorial voice. 'But he’s talented.'"
Bob Brown quits "Bob Brown has resigned as leader of the Australian Greens. He will also resign from the Senate. Senator Brown made the shock announcement to his Greens Party colleagues this morning."