Paul lives and works in the nation's capital where he enjoys an up-close view of politics. He writes most weeks in the World section.
The recent Quran burnings in Afghanistan and the ensuing violence reveal a deep and insurmountable absence of trust that undermines the entire NATO operation in Afghanistan.
Amnesty International needlessly embarrassed itself by calling on African leaders to arrest President Bush on terrorism charges.
The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki is legally unclear due to America's failure to reconcile the laws and procedures of the state with the ambiguity of a stateless war.
The trial of Hosni Mubarak is a chance to seek retribution for decades of corruption, abuse, and mismanagement, but a dramatic and protracted proceeding will distract from important tasks ahead.