Thursday, February 5, 2015
Four months after President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in Afghanistan is still struggling to form a government, damaging the economy and miring the country in uncertainty as the Taliban insurgency continues.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Last September, when new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United States, China declared itself unworried. “India will not be a major player in America's game of rebalancing the Asia-Pacific,” the official People's Daily newspaper declared.
Hezbollah's ambitions are spreading far beyond its Lebanon home as the militant Shiite movement appears increasingly bent on taking on Sunni foes across the Middle East. It has sent thousands of its fighters into Syria and senior military advisers to Iraq, helped Shiite rebels rise to power in Yemen and threatened Bahrain over its abuse of the Shiite majority.
Greece's new left-wing government can boast some high-profile allies, from Nobel economics laureates to U.S. President Barack Obama, in its controversial drive against austerity in Europe.
Washington is once again mulling military support to Ukraine after fierce offensives by Kremlin-backed rebels, but experts fear it will only justify Russian conspiracy theories and drive East and West closer to full-blown war.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Japan's failure to rescue two hostages beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militants has raised doubts about its ability to handle an international crisis, as the country reels from news of journalist Kenji Goto's killing.
There are some in Tehran convinced a final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers has already been sealed. Others are adamant there will never be a pact.
Last week a political earthquake took place in Greece when the new party Syriza won the national election on an anti-austerity platform.
Less than a week after the victory of its hard-left ally Syriza in Greece, Spain's Podemos party launched an election-heavy year by assembling more than 100,000 supporters for a rally in Madrid.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Lord George Macartney came to China as King George's envoy to be received in audience by Emperor Qianlong at Rehe or Jehol in 1793. The British lord had to follow the Chinese court protocol and presented gifts to the Son of Heaven. Among the gifts were precious clocks. Qianlong, of course, didn't bother to have a look at the gifts. The British diplomatic mission was a disastrous failure.
> Joe Hung