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Saturday, August 23, 2014
The countdown started in Sarajevo in June 1914, the conflagration followed in August. The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb nationalist set in motion a series of events in which the great European powers marched, with near lockstep, into a war that would devour seventeen million people, devastate nations and dismantle empires.
On Aug. 12, Brazil's largest news program, Jornal Nacional, interviewed presidential candidate Eduardo Campos. Of his 15 minutes replying to questions, he spent at least 10 of them touting the presence of his family in the state apparatus. He filled the remaining time with banalities such as “we can't give Brazil up.”
At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
The impasse over a special law on uncovering the truth behind the Sewol ferry disaster is another sobering example of politicians' dismal performance. Yet, it should be noted that at the root of the debacle is a lack of trust and communication.
Friday, August 22, 2014
In calling for global action against the “cancer” of Islamic State (IS) militants, U.S. President Barack Obama puts the fight against them at the top of his agenda in a move that also raises questions about his military strategy in Iraq.
Outrage over the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager is giving way to anger that the white police officer who pulled the trigger might never face justice.
South Korea is a paradise for religions. Indeed, Koreans are so religious that all kinds of religions thrive here. Most Koreans are either Christians or Buddhists, but you can also find Muslims in Korea.
Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) says it will give the 250-member National Reform Council (NRC) a “free hand” in debating the 11 areas of proposed reform. But the final decision on who will be named to the council still rests with the NCPO.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Under a photo of U.S. President Barack Obama carried by demonstrators in a town rocked by racially charged protests, the appeal to America's first black president is loud and clear: “Please come now.”
During the election campaign Prime Minister Narendra Modi was asked by a TV interviewer whether he would hold talks with Pakistan amid continuing terror attacks. Modi said that one cannot talk under the sound of gunfire. Recently on a visit to Kashmir the PM told a gathering that Pakistan was conducting a proxy war through cross border terrorism. Despite this the government initiated moves for talks between foreign secretaries slated for Aug. 25.
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