Friday, March 13, 2015
Despite Western and Arab hopes he would be consigned to the dustbin of history, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enters his fifth year of war with an increasingly tight hold on power.
The markets came down last week when China announced its projected growth rate for 2015 at 7 percent, after clocking the slowest growth in 24 years last year (at 7.4 percent). The nervousness flows from China's key role in contributing substantially to global growth in output and international trade since the Asian financial crisis of 1997.
Two years after Pope Francis swept into the Vatican vowing to shake up the Church, his opponents are playing a waiting game as they seek to put the brakes on his reform drive.
Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip are hoping Israel's general election will bring about change, but even if it does, many still doubt their lot will improve.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
As Syria's civil war rages into a fifth year, the daily suffering of its people has been overshadowed by atrocities committed by the Islamic State (IS) group that have sparked international horror.
For decades Spanish politics was a two-horse race, but it has turned into a four-way tag-wrestling bout ahead of several potentially transformative elections this year.
Joerg Haider may be long dead, but the colorful far-right politician who praised Hitler's “orderly” employment policies is coming back to haunt Austria's public finances, potentially with wider reverberations throughout the eurozone.
The transfer of soil contaminated with radioactive substances to an interim storage facility will start at last on Friday, four years after the substances were released in the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Much attention has been focused on what Premier Li Keqiang had to say about the slowing Chinese economy in his annual report to the National People's Congress, China's parliament, and about a lower “new normal” in economic growth.
British filmmaker Leslee Udwin's documentary on the 2012 Delhi gang rape case is, sadly, a portrayal of the mindset of many men and even some women in India.