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Commentary > China Post > Arthur Cyr
While much of the media and many politicians have become obsessed with the nuclear negotiations involving Iran, unrelated and also underreported talks have achieved important progress.
 
"You know, next time you're going to have to do better, Mr. President."
 
The visit of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington has dominated news headlines and discussion. Meanwhile, the visit of another leader of an important U.S. ally has received far less coverage.
 
"The Four Tigers" is a shorthand label for the dynamic economies of East Asia that achieved strikingly rapid growth from the 1960s into the 1990s -- Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
 
Iran is now a source of tremendous strain in U.S. domestic politics as well as foreign policy. Escalating divisions between Democrats and Republicans are greatly complicating our foreign policy. In the end, this may strengthen the influence of the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Tehran.
 
The shocking physical attack on U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert in Seoul may appear just the latest negative news from the Korea peninsula. On March 10 he left the hospital, five days after being slashed in a knife attack by a deranged fanatical nationalist.
 
The gangland style murder of Boris Nemtsov starkly demonstrates the considerable distance still separating Russia from stable and reliable rule of law.
 
There is progress in the long-term struggle to achieve a nuclear agreement with Iran. Reliable reports indicate the United States and Iran have moved toward compromise.
 
"I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic."
 
"To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war," said Winston Churchill in 1954, supporting the principle of nations negotiating. These wise words from a great leader should be kept in mind regarding Ukraine, where Russia has been aggressively supporting rebel forces.
 
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