Externally, it’s clear enough that Kim Jong Un intends this season’s extreme saber-rattling performance to establish North Korea as a recognized nuclear weapons and long-range missiles power, not to be messed with. Internally, it’s equally clear he wants his subjects to see him not as a 30-year-old kid who’s inheriting power from his dead daddy but as a clever and fearless general able to save them from the machinations of ferocious enemies. Read more»
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Columnist Jimmy Zuma is on the scene at CPAC: Speaking before a large but half-empty auditorium, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann opened the annual CPAC convention with a call to arms, imploring to aggressively promote conservatism. She hardly mentioned the Tea Party. Read more»
Ciudad Mariche is a "socialist city," a project designed to solve not only Venezuela's chronic housing shortage but provide long-term solutions to poverty and crime. But like many of Hugo Chavez's policies, it also courts controversy. Critics say it may be a surreptitious way of invading the right to private property. Read more»