Monday, November 10, 2014
When he died, Yasser Arafat, arguably still the most recognizable face of the Palestinian cause, had been largely dismissed by the United States as an obstacle to peace after walking away from a deal with Israel.
Fresh from a terse debate with his main opponent in the upcoming elections, Sean Lien (連勝文) is congratulated by some for his brisk manner and lively gestures that widened the age gap between him and independent candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲)., 10 Comments
Intended as a safe haven, a camp housing tens of thousands of people fleeing conflict in Sudan's Darfur region is becoming a virtual prison with armed militias roaming outside.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
My Facebook screen recently brought a photo from California that put a smile on my chops. It showed a little boy, perhaps seven or eight years old, the son of a treasured former student. He was all fixed up in his Halloween costume. I so concluded because “Trick or Treat” appeared above the picture.
Catalonia has promoted its language and popular culture since the 1980s, cultivating a sense that it is different from the rest of Spain which has now turned to separatism, analysts said.
Voters made clear Tuesday that they're worried about the economy, despite steady job gains, a robust stock market and faster economic growth this year.
While U.S. midterm elections provided a distraction, Russia President Vladimir Putin solidified control of eastern Ukraine. Rebel forces opposed to the national government organized elections in Donetsk and Luhansk on Nov. 2. Not surprisingly, those favoring independence scored an estimated eighty percent of the votes.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
A quarter century ago, the Joshua trumpet of freedom sounded and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Naturally, this allegory was slightly more complicated as the epic political events which led to the fall of the Wall on Nov. 9, 1989 were long in coming but nonetheless still not at all anticipated.
For a force that has built its reputation on an aura of momentum and invincibility, the Islamic State (IS) group is now dealing with a series of military setbacks in Iraq and a prolonged stalemate in the small Syrian border town of Kobane.
It occurs to me that it would be cliche to begin this article with yet another mention of Beijing's infamous smog, but air quality is again the focus in the Chinese capital as it welcomes heads of state to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.