Friday, April 18, 2014
As far as diplomatic gambits go, the stakes don't get any higher than the Philippines' decision to challenge China's contentious South China Sea territorial claims at a United Nations tribunal., 1 Comment
Narendra Modi, most likely India's prime minister in the near future, came under attack last week for a reason other than his right-wing Hindutva ideology. His opponents questioned his admission of marital status in the nomination papers. In earlier elections, he had claimed no family and left the marital status slot blank.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Ukraine crisis has shifted Poland's campaign for next month's European elections, boosting the governing center-right party's chances as its prime minister reassures voters nervous about Russia's next move.
The global financial crash of 2008 not only diminished the savings of workers nearing retirement, but it also altered mindsets about the work cycle.
Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled U.S. President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.
While many people insist that cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, a similar case can be made for water. There are very few commercial ventures, if any, that can go on for long without a reliable water supply.
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces a court hearing this week that could bar her from office, a move that would be in line with the aims of recent anti-government protests, but that would plunge the country into uncharted waters.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Two years after the United States, the European Union and Japan filed a complaint in the World Trade Organization against China's export restrictions on rare earths, the WTO issued a Panel report last month which determined that the Chinese actions were inconsistent with the world body's trading rules.
Japanese consumers are nursing their bruised wallets after the country hiked its sales tax from 5 percent to 8 percent on April 1, but they are not the only ones.
In quick succession in one week, the United States sent a series of clear messages to China that it is firmly committed to protect the Philippines and Japan in their territorial disputes with Beijing.