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Commentary > China Post > Arthur Cyr
"A riddle, wrapped in an enigma, inside a mystery" is how Winston Churchill described the Soviet Union. He was speaking in October 1939, right after World War II commenced in Europe, but his words have direct importance for current developments.
 
"Today we announce an arrangement that we think has the capability of sticking." That is how U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, standing with Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, announced the Sept. 9 agreement to pursue a ceasefire and longer-term stability in Syria.
 
"... Nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." In that Biblical statement (Galatians 3:28) St. Paul underscores basic equality between women and men. Elsewhere in the New Testament, women leaders are highlighted, often in caring and positive roles.
 
South Korea and the United States on Aug. 22 began regular annual joint military exercises, including operations near the North Korea border.
 
Brazil is truly a nation in flux. The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have unfolded fairly smoothly, though not without incidents and ongoing tensions. On Aug. 14, four swimmers from the United States reported being robbed, but that incident is now discounted.
 
"Spooked by Brexit, Mr. Bond?" That is the caption under a photograph of actor Daniel Craig, our current James Bond, pistol in hand, looking concerned.
 
Khizr Khan at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia spoke from the heart, on behalf of himself and his wife Ghazala Khan, regarding their son Capt. Humayun Khan of the United States Army. Capt.
 
Sustained North Korea threats, and nuclear weapon and missile tests, have led the Obama administration and President Park Geun-hye's government of South Korea to agree to deploy the Lockheed Martin THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense) anti-missile system.
 
The military coup attempted in Turkey reinforces already strong anxiety about the Middle East. The effort by elements of the armed forces to oust the elected civilian government has failed, in part because the military was not unified in support of removing current leadership.
 
The summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), held in Warsaw Poland July 8 and 9, has been generally overshadowed by other news. Competition for media attention regarding Europe has been dominated by the British referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU).
 
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