Like at the Mosul Museum, it seems that ISIL may have used the smokescreen of destruction in Nimrud as cover to loot antiquities in order to help finance their reign of terror. That's because ISIL is not only destroying history but profiting from it.
For the world at large the decision should mean vicious despots around the world will sense that their apparent impunity is now threatened by a world which can and will call them to account. The emphasis there is on "should."
He's punk'd both the North Korean communist government and in his new film, the Central African Republic and its corrupt diplomatic culture. Mads Brügger is one of Europe's funniest and most controversial filmmakers, although most Americans haven't heard of him -- yet.
Oversimplification of issues often produces inadequate, counterproductive policies. Dodd-Frank and its proponents penalize the people of eastern Congo, but do little to curtail the militias and their backers.
For years the advocates of trade giveaways like NAFTA and the WTO have argued that they wanted a "rules-based" set of global trading regulations. It's a good idea. Unfortunately, they haven't delivered.
The Kimberley Process members upheld their existing ban on Marange diamonds. By doing so, they sent a strong message to the Zimbabwean people -- that the days of corruption and repression may be numbered.