Wednesday, July 23, 2014
When Pakistani air force jets rained down missiles on a village in the country's violence-wracked northwest last week, it was described as yet another victory over Taliban insurgents in an ongoing military offensive.
Almost exactly 70 years after the signing of the Bretton Woods agreement, five major emerging economies, known collectively as BRICS, have created new institutions that would initially supplement and could eventually replace the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which have failed to respond adequately to the needs of a changing world.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
If Israel and Hamas can agree on one point, it seems, it's that things have to change.
Recently, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to this tiny kingdom and made a good impression of continued friendship and assistance even though he mistook the host's name as Nepal and Ladakh during his speech in the Parliament. Modi's visit highlighted Bhutan's geostrategic location at the roof of the world. Apart from India, major powers such as China, the U.S. and EU are closely watching.
For years, the publicly adversarial role the Pakistanis took on drones while privately either condoning or even encouraging them was one side of a seemingly intractable problem; the other side being the arrogance of the U.S. when it came to working with Pakistanis, who the American side seemed more interested in brushing off than finding ways to work with to address legitimate Pakistani concerns.
Australia's axing of its carbon tax and a plan to replace it by offering incentives to polluters to increase their energy efficiency is “the perfect storm of stupidity,” scientists and academics argue., 1 Comment
Monday, July 21, 2014
Many battles have been fought in the 365-square-kilometer Gaza Strip in Palestine where 1.9 million Arab people now live. Another battle, between Hamas and Israel, is under way. Israel launched a ground operation last Thursday, following a 10-day campaign of more than 2,000 air strikes against Gaza that failed to halt relentless Hamas rocket fire on Israeli cities.
> Joe Hung
The jetliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline., 1 Comment
It is imperative that Russian-backed rebels allow international investigators unimpeded passage to the wreckage in east Ukraine
A Sri Lankan government crackdown this month on NGOs has sparked claims that President Mahinda Rajapakse, paranoid that he could be toppled, is again attempting to silence critics and tighten his grip on power.