Saving Latin America
George W. Bush should use a U.S.-Brazil trade deal to jolt Latin America out of its drift toward political morass and economic chaos.
Between the Lines: Eurotrashing Enron
After initially dismissing the Enron fiasco as a product of flawed U.S. accounting practices, the European Union (EU) came to realize that its investors are likewise vulnerable to corporate fraud. Frits Bolkestein, the EU's internal market and taxation commissioner, recently told a U.S. audience that Europe was strengthening the rules that govern the operations of accountants, auditors, and regulators. But Bolkestein's assurances glossed over the difficulties of implementing reform among 15 member states that each have their own regulatory regimes.
The Real Trans-Atlantic Gap
Americans and Europeans see eye to eye on more issues than one would expect from reading the New York Times or Le Monde. But while elites on both sides of the Atlantic bemoan a largely illusory gap over the use of military force, biotechnology, and global warming, a survey of U.S. and European public opinion highlights sharp differences over global leadership, defense spending, and the Middle East that threaten the future of the last century's most successful alliance.
Islam’s Medieval Outposts
For centuries, young men have gathered at Islamic seminaries to escape Western influences and quietly study Islamic texts that have been handed down unchanged through the ages. But over the last two decades, revolution, Great Power politics, and poverty have combined to give the fundamentalist teachings at some of these madrasas a violent twist. And now, in one of globalization's deadlier ironies, these "universities of jihad" are spreading their medieval theology worldwide.