Saturday, November 28, 2015
Queues, bottlenecks and security checks -- their return in Europe could have a sizeable economic impact if they become entrenched in the wake of the attacks in Paris and the unprecedented flow of refugees from conflict zones like Syria.
In a stern and sweeping rebuke to North Korea's human rights abuses, a U.N. committee has slammed the repressive communist regime in an annual report on "The Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea." In a vote of 112 in favor, and 19 against, with 50 abstentions, the Third Committee (political) passed a resolution that once again keeps international pressure on Pyongyang in the midst of an impending visit to the reclusive country by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Nigeria repeatedly claims to have severely weakened Boko Haram and is eyeing an end to the conflict by year-end, yet the Islamists still show a capacity to launch deadly attacks.
Turkey's downing of a Russian war plane on the Syrian border risks inflicting significant damage on relations between Moscow and Ankara, even if they both have an interest in avoiding a permanent rupture.
Friday, November 27, 2015
He has come within minutes of his death before. Once, the rain delayed the execution. He waited for hours under a tin roof for the rain to stop. Eventually, the authorities postponed the execution as the rain lingered on.
The way out of the present imbroglio starts from the realization that Nepal's social formation and geopolitics present enormous complexities even for the most learned of scholars.
Europe is facing the specter of attacks by Islamic State (IS) jihadists with police numbers in some countries hit by austerity cuts, raising questions about whether this is making it easier for assailants to slip through the net.
Mainland China might be enjoying a quiet chuckle. A year after the spirited pro-democracy upheaval in Hong Kong, the country remains fractured on the core issue of Beijing's influence.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate -- also called ISIS, ISIL and Daesh -- has claimed responsibility for the multiple terror strikes across Paris on Nov. 13, in which 130 civilians were killed and over 300 seriously injured.
Friendships are hard to come by. They are precious and therefore should be meticulously protected and safeguarded with caution at every turn and with compromises if necessary. Especially if this precious gift is the result of long-term efforts between two countries as then it is even more valuable.