Thursday, August 21, 2014
Syria and the United States find themselves on the same side of the battle against Islamic State jihadists, but a common enemy is unlikely to mean direct cooperation.
Sharp differences on historical issues that have strained relations between Japan and South Korea require Tokyo to face up to its abusive wartime past and for Seoul to be less preoccupied with it, U.S. experts and former officials say.
A sprawling market floor in Guangzhou was once a prime location for shark fin, one of China's most expensive delicacies. But now it lies deserted, thanks to a ban from official banquet tables and a celebrity-driven ad campaign.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Spurred by China's economic success in Africa, the United States this month held its first-ever summit with the leaders of the continent. Presidents and prime ministers streamed into Washington for three days of discussions with President Barack Obama and participation in the first U.S.-Africa business forum with business leaders.
Pope Francis' five-day visit to Korea was a pastoral visit aimed at tending to Catholics here and, more broadly, throughout Asia.
Contrary to opinions being voiced in Thailand, democracy has not been patented by the West. Our intellectual elite should stop spreading the false idea that “Western-style democracy” does not fit Thai society.
As the White House telephone rang at 3 a.m., an announcer solemnly declared that “your vote will decide who answers that phone” and whether that will be “someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.”
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The debate over whether an elected president should appoint politicians as Cabinet members as part of a power-sharing mechanism or appoint professionals instead to restore the presidential system of government has never subsided.
Twenty cents of a real (roughly 8 cents of a dollar) brought millions of people onto the streets in Brazil in July 2013. Those 20 cents channeled all popular dissatisfaction, directed all anger to the streets and showed the government's ineptitude in dealing with the Brazilian people's problems. Only 20 cents. An increase in the bus fare from 3.00 real to 3.20 real (or roughly US$1.32 to USD$1.40). About 6 percent.
If there ever was an argument for the support of U.S. intervention in Iraq, this is probably the best chance in a long while to mount it.