February 25, 2007 |
CHINA'S ANTI-SATELLITE missile test last month is merely the latest in a series of recent events that force us to question where the world's most populous country is heading. What will its political system look like in, say, 25 years? This question will grow in importance as members of the new Democratic congressional majority -- and some presidential candidates -- take up the themes of economic populism.
December 18, 2006 |
IN the halls of justice here, almost everything is for sale. It can take one bribe to obtain a blank legal form and another to have a clerk stamp it. Lawyers openly haggle in corridors and parking lots over the size of payoffs. A new refrigerator delivered to the right official might help solve a long-running property dispute. Court dockets don't exist. The Koran, the basis of Islamic law and also the Afghan legal code, is often the only book on the shelves of poorly trained judges.