Friday, July 18, 2014
Standing on the banks of the river Ganges a day after his election triumph, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to succeed where numerous governments have failed: by cleaning up the filthy waterway beloved of India's Hindus.
Like being tortured all over again. This must be how it feels for the tens of thousands of survivors required to relive the nightmare of their incarceration and abuse during Ferdinand Marcos' dictatorship, to be able to qualify for a share of the compensation set aside for them.
The diplomatic frenzy over Ukraine has taken an unprecedented turn in recent weeks as allies and opposing sides huddle together on the phone in trios or larger groups, seeking resolution to the crisis.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Back before campaign promises needed to be cashed, U.S. President Barack Obama told 200,000 Berliners that allies must “trust each other” and vowed to repair bonds torn by George W. Bush's go-it-alone diplomacy.
Pope Francis's hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike.
David Cameron has dramatically hardened his government's euroskeptic stance for a battle with Brussels, but may have weakened his hand while increasing the risk that Britain could crash out of the EU, analysts said.
The appalling rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on a Bangkok-bound train last week generated widespread discussion in the social and mainstream media about possible solutions to Thailand's rampant sexual violence. The many factors contributing to the problem have been scrutinized in detail, but let's face the cruel truth: we must first acknowledge our sexist culture and then try and dismantle it.
Another week, another feather. In an upward revision of its outlook for Pakistan's credit rating, Moody's has served up a hat trick for the government., 2 Comments
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The political track of the United States-China strategic and economic dialogue held last week in Beijing was beset by bickering, such as that over China's maritime disputes and charges and countercharges over cyber espionage, with little of substance achieved. Things were different, however, on the economic track, where there was movement on negotiating a high-quality bilateral investment treaty and reduction of government intervention in the value of the Chinese currency.
The scene was like an earthquake, but residents say the collapse of three buildings last week in Casablanca that killed 23 people was the man-made result of greed and corruption.