Monday, September 21, 2015
The EU's founding father Jean Monnet wrote in his memoirs that "Europe will be forged in crises" -- but a recent storm of troubles risks tearing the continent apart instead of bringing it together.
The month of August was overshadowed by news of economic woes in China. There was a meltdown in the Chinese stock market, the growth figure was a low 7 percent, way below the historical rates of above 10 percent for two decades, and China was forced to devalue its currency to jumpstart exports.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
"Corporations can only commit crimes through flesh and blood people," declared Deputy U.S. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates. She made the statement in an interview regarding important new rules which emphasize prosecuting individuals as well as banks as institutions. The regulations were issued on Sept. 9.
The U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to delay raising interest rates mainly because of uncertainties about China's economy is bothering a number of economists and investors.
Tens of thousands heeded the call to support Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak against demands by electoral reforms group Bersih for him to step down, but Wednesday's "red shirts" rally ended up focusing on affirming Malay rights rather than Najib's leadership.
The recent case involving the rape, assault and starvation of two Nepali women -- a 28-year-old and a 48-year-old -- by a Saudi diplomat and his acquaintances in Delhi speaks volumes of the gap between our words and actions, of our commitment and the honesty with which we deliver it, of our social reality and lofty ideals.
The photographs of Syrian refugees, women and children, as they knock on the doors of the world for entry depicts a colossal, heart-wrenching tragedy, and points to a crisis that the West has created in West Asia, one that has killed thousands of people across the region, and displaced even more.
Bangladesh, along with the countries of South Asia, is rightly worried with the so-called global war on terror shifting both focus and base from the Middle East to our region in the last several years.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Dark war clouds swirl from the Middle East, humanitarian crises worsen in Sub-Saharan Africa, and as refugees pour forth into the developed world, the United Nations General Assembly is set to open in New York. The 70th General Assembly will see an unprecedented gathering of presidents, prime ministers and kings, as well as the Roman Catholic pope, to a commemorative session on which world peace hinges.
U.S. Republican Party voters fed up with Washington and anyone with a background in politics have cheered billionaire businessman Donald Trump as the ultimate 2016 outsider, making him the front-runner for the Republican Party's nomination.