How Latin America’s Left Could Lose Their Scapegoat

Will Obama’s Trip to Cuba and Argentina Be the Nail in the Coffin for the Region’s Tired Anti-American Script?

Barack Obama took a deserved victory lap in Latin America last week.

Critics of the president’s opening to Cuba accuse Obama of appeasing the Castro regime, but they missed the historic significance of the trip.

When Obama went on Cuban TV and radio to say that he’d made the visit to “bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas,” he might as well have been burying the nation’s virulently anti-American regime, not just Washington’s outdated policies.

Obama’s visit did more to spotlight the truly heinous nature of the …

Obama’s Visit to Cuba Spells the End of a Grotesque Amusement Park

The Island’s Opening Will Deny American White-Collar Subversives Their Once Forbidden Fruit

As every librarian or pornographer knows, one of the most reliable ways to excite interest in a creative work is to ban it. When the authorities clamp down and announce …

How Do You Say Laissez-Faire in Chinese?

Beijing Is Trying to Control the Stock Market, But It Only Makes Investors Even Jumpier

China’s Communist leaders are struggling to embrace one of the pesky truths of the capitalist system they have adopted (and adapted) with such success: Markets don’t just go up; sometimes …

Is China the Next Mexico?

The Chinese Communist Party Is Looking to Russia for Lessons on How to Retain Power. It's the Wrong Example

When I served as Mexico’s ambassador to China, I was often asked the wrong question: Is Mexico the next China? The better question is whether China is becoming the next …

Why I Love the Prague Coffee House Kafka Didn’t Frequent

I Go to the Grand Café Slavia to Lose Myself in a Landscape of Desire—and Over a Century’s Worth of Czech History

A middle-aged man sits in a café, his newspaper unopened on the table in front of him. He cannot keep his eyes off the slender young woman who has perched …

The Men Who Made the 20th Century

How Winston Churchill and George Orwell Helped Defeat Fascism and Communism to Create the Modern World

Why on earth am I setting out to write a book about Winston Churchill and George Orwell? What more is there to say? There have been thousands of books written …