Monday, November 18, 2013
For two days it seemed that President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine had vanished.
On the frontline in Libya and Mali, hawkish on Syria, uncompromising on Iran: France, long critical of the United States' role as the world's policeman, is emerging as the most interventionist of Western states.
A monster typhoon that laid waste to the central Philippines wiped out livelihoods as well as homes, leaving small traders and shop-owners facing a long and perilous road back to solvency.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families released the results of a survey this week in which more than 1,000 local junior and senior high school students participated. The topic of the survey sounds awfully grown-up: freedom of expression. Media reported that up to 70 percent of the teens felt they were “unable to make a difference to society because they are not free to speak out.”
Shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, CBS commentator Eric Sevareid noted the principal legacy of the murdered leader might well be an 'attitude,' a contagious spirit that all things are possible if only we have the vision and will.
China's clumsy response to the typhoon in the neighboring Philippines shows that the Asian giant is still struggling to find its role on the world stage, analysts say, burdened by history and its own self-image.
Suthep Thaugsuban's call for widespread civil disobedience might have been aimed at firing up the protesters at Bangkok's Democracy Monument. It was, at most, a symbolic gesture.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping has often likened the challenge of China's reform to chewing” hard bones” — a tough and daunting task that he said he is not afraid to bite into. The just-concluded Chinese Communist Party leadership conference in Beijing proved his courage, though he didn't bite off a lot.
Argentina's next leader will likely try to end interventionist policies that scare off investment, although any reform effort is sure to hit a wall when it comes to cutting popular subsidies that also distort the economy.
You can't make this up. In recent elections for the U.N.'s 47 member Human Rights Council (UNHRC), some of the winners of the coveted seats are ironically the countries who are among the major global human rights transgressors. The situation ironically evokes the old adage of the foxes guarding the henhouse or of Tony Soprano chairing a Senate subcommittee on organized crime.