Monday, August 11, 2014
In making the case for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, U.S. President Barack Obama is drawing on the doctrine involving the use of American force that he outlined less than three months ago, when it seemed he was trying to avoid potential U.S. military action anywhere.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
“The right sort of sports fan,” is how McGeorge Bundy greeted the news in 1973 that Gerald Ford had been selected as vice president by Richard Nixon. Ford succeeded Spiro Agnew, who had been forced to resign because of corruption.
Limited skirmishes or a new round of killing? Friday's resumption of hostilities may see Hamas overplay its hand in a dangerous poker game that could plunge Gaza back into chaos, analysts said.
Ultimately, the essence of a protest is how sensibly and responsibly it is reacted to by those it is aimed at. In Pakistan, protests have lost their effect.
“No one in Libya can win. Enough is enough. I have lost hope in Libyans.” That is the verdict of Mahmoud Okok, a civil engineer in his thirties, who is fleeing his country with his family.
What the rest of the world knows as football could be about to change forever.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
The headlines seem from another era; that of Christian persecution by militant Islam in the Middle East. Yet the modern political responses to this age-old conflict appear as ambivalent to what has emerged as an organized attempt by the militant State of Islam to impose a caliphate both on Christians as well as more secular Muslims.
Looking at the Islamic State's (IS) string of military conquests in northern Iraq over the past week, one could think the jihadists outnumber their opponents 10 to 1.
The killing of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene in Kabul by an Afghan soldier at a training academy and the refusal of Afghan politicians to agree on a new president seven weeks after the election call into question once more why the United States maintains a presence there. About 30,000 U.S. troops remain and the Obama administration wants to keep nearly 10,000 there after the end of this year.
For thousands of well-off childless couples, the dream of having a baby is often realized in places like Thailand and India. Ready to help them are young women who become paid surrogates, their wombs offered up as vessels that can safely carry the babies until they are born.