Bernd Debusmann

Does Paul Ryan mean Romney has already lost the Latino vote?

By Bernd Debusmann
August 13, 2012

Has Mitt Romney, the U.S. Republican Party’s candidate for November’s presidential elections, given up hope of boosting his dismal standing among U.S. citizens of Latin American extraction? The question arises after Romney’s pick of a running mate of no apparent appeal to Latinos.

An African kleptocracy’s U.S. helpers

By Bernd Debusmann
August 3, 2012

As bizarre events go, pride of place must go to an African summit scheduled for later this month in Equatorial Guinea.

Guns in America: the business of fear

By Bernd Debusmann
July 30, 2012

Mass shootings are good for the gun business. So are dark warnings from the principal gun lobby in the United States, the National Rifle Association (NRA), that President Barack Obama is leading a global conspiracy to seize an estimated 300 million guns now held by private citizens.

America’s Republican extremists

By Bernd Debusmann
July 20, 2012

The United States is in grave danger from domestic enemies:  Infiltrators from the Muslim Brotherhood have wormed their way into sensitive government positions, Communists wield influence in the House of Representatives, and President Barack Obama hates America and is trying to dismantle, brick by brick, the American Dream.

Why the world needs an arms treaty

By Bernd Debusmann
July 9, 2012

In the past two decades, experts monitoring the international arms trade recorded more than 500 violations of United Nations arms embargoes. Just two have resulted in trials and convictions.

Mexico’s three wars

By Bernd Debusmann
July 3, 2012

Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s president-elect, inherited three wars from his predecessor. Staunching the bloodshed of one would be a huge achievement. Getting the upper hand in all three might require divine intervention.

What if Iran gets the bomb?

By Bernd Debusmann
June 22, 2012

The West worries too much about the prospect of Iran going nuclear. If it did get the bomb, the Middle East would probably become a more stable region. So says Kenneth Waltz, a veteran scholar, in an essay in one of America’s most influential magazines.

The world expected more from Obama

By Bernd Debusmann
June 18, 2012

The 2012 global performance scorecard is in and the grade for Barack Obama is “failed to meet expectations.”

Will Syria’s Assad get away with murder?

By Bernd Debusmann
June 8, 2012

Will Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad be allowed to get away with mass murder, like his father 30 years ago? Some of the ideas now under discussion could mean precisely that — a golden parachute into exile. No war crimes charges, no prosecution, no trial.

The arms race for human rights

By Bernd Debusmann
May 25, 2012

Profits from arms deals tend to trump human rights. The United Nations Security Council, whose five veto-wielding permanent members count among the world’s biggest arms dealers, is falling down on its job. Hypocrisy is rampant as governments pay lip service to human rights.