Sunday, August 31, 2014
The Beijing Independent Film Festival was abruptly shut down over the weekend of Aug. 23-24. With timing likely to be considered too contrived in a movie script, this crackdown occurred just before Hollywood's Aug. 25 Emmy awards for television programs.
For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other.
U.S. President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
In what can only be described as a plague on both your houses, an U.N. investigative panel has issued a specific and sickening verdict on the ongoing violence in Syria's civil war.
Thailand's economic growth this year looks set to level off at around 1.50-2.0 percent. Most of the engines of growth are sputtering. In the first half of this year, exports began to go downhill, contracting by 0.1 percent.
Sweden's prime minister has warned of public spending curbs to meet the cost of a rising wave of refugees, sparking a furor about making immigration an issue in next month's general election.
The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.
Friday, August 29, 2014
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is again touched by scandal with Chief Christine Lagarde's being charged in a French graft case, three years after predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned in disgrace.
In speech on National Heroes Day last Monday, Philippine President Aquino lambasted his critics for “becoming desperate” in their opposition to his campaign for good governance.
As the U.S. Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old African-American in Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.