Monday, September 28, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a press conference last Friday at the end of the current Diet session to tout the enactment of the two laws to exercise Japan's right of collective defense as a step for the country to contribute to world peace. He defended the security bills aimed at expanding the role of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces overseas, saying the security laws were not "war legislation" as labeled by some critics but were paving the way to prevent the outbreak of wars.
> Joe Hung
It's not the most obvious international friendship. On one side is the world's largest democracy, with its riotous collection of battling political parties and a freewheeling media with thousands of newspapers, TV stations and websites. On the other is a deeply isolated nation, a country with no political opposition and a media that does not question the long-ruling family. Access to the Internet, except for a handful of government-approved websites, is restricted to a tiny elite.
Sometime back, I had to travel to and from the eastern part of Nepal and my experience was not at all pleasant. I had to go to Dhankuta from Kathmandu for some work.
China's pledge to help crack down on hackers who steal commercial secrets from the United States, even coming as it did amid a bit of arm-twisting by U.S. President Barack Obama, is a big breakthrough that could reduce U.S.-China tensions and end huge losses for American companies.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
"An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth," is a useful starting place for discussion of the influence of Pope Francis during his historic visit to the Americas. To modern readers, the Biblical quote (Exodus 21:24) may seem cruel and brutal, but the Old Testament sentiment actually meant revolutionary progress.
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China's pledge to help crack down on hackers who steal commercial secrets from the United States, even coming as it did amid a bit of arm-twisting by President Barack Obama, is a big breakthrough that could reduce U.S.-China tensions and end huge losses for American companies.
A radical left party has made a startling journey from colorful oddity to potential kingmaker in Catalonia's independence drive.
Britain's opposition Labour Party will on Sunday begin its most fractious annual conference in a generation following the recent landslide election of leftwing radical Jeremy Corbyn as its leader.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
The worsening war in Syria, allegations of child sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers and the mishandling of the Ebola epidemic cast a spotlight on the inadequacies of the United Nations in a globalized world, operating with a power structure that hasn't changed since 1945.