Daily Archives: October 31, 2011

By Gideon Rachman

This time next year, Americans will be voting in the 2012 presidential election. The Republican party’s effort to choose a candidate to take on Barack Obama increasingly resembles speed-dating – with party loyalists giving swift consideration to candidate after candidate, before getting restless and moving onto the next prospect.

John Paul Rathbone

Colombia: “killer” state, or “model” state?

Larry Summers believes the latter. And the straight-talking former US Treasury secretary and president of Harvard is not known for his flattery either. “Colombia has gone from being a failed state to becoming a state that is now an international role model,” he said while visiting Bogotá last month.