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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.
History doesn't get much more ironic than this.
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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.
The "Made in Germany" label has stood for precision and reliability for decades, but since Volkswagen admitted to cheating on U.S. car emissions tests, many are questioning whether the automaker's problems could taint the rest of the country.
Both Pope Francis and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jingping are visiting the United States at the same time. Two men whose paths will nearly intersect, both not touch, in New York at the United Nations are each leaders of 1.2 billion people; the pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and comrade Xi Jinping, the People's Republic of China. Pope Francis arrived amid White House pomp and circumstance ceremonies rather improbably in a tiny black Fiat. Xi goes around in black limos as one would expect.
Friday, September 25, 2015
While the public outcry and spontaneous acts of solidarity toward refugees in Europe appear very moving, the hard work lies in ensuring that refugees have access to education and vocational skills training, because this is in the best interests of everyone.
The Pakistan military's deepening involvement in state affairs and public expectations could lead to a slippery path.
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