A woman will be the next president of Taiwan, whichever party wins the election next January. On July 19, the governing Kuomintang (KMT) selected Hung Hsiu-chu as its presidential candidate. The presidential election will match her against Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the principal opposition, and their 2012 presidential nominee.2 Comments
The national election in the UK in May provided a devastating defeat to public opinion polls as well as political parties. The center-right Conservative Party won an unexpected clear majority in the House of Commons, which forms governments. Prime Minister David Cameron's new government is moving fast to exploit victory.1 Comment
Former United States Sen. James Webb has declared himself a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for president. He formally announced on July 2, just before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
"Unacceptable," is how President Francois Hollande of France describes current revelations regarding extensive spying by the United States government. Wikileaks files regarding France published in June reveal the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on three former presidents and wiretapped two finance ministers.
The intense conflict between the European Union (EU) and heavily indebted Greece continues. On June 22, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proposed concessions involving more taxes. On June 25, Greece's government rejected counter-demands, risking default on an impending payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Violent clashes involving Chinese ships and Vietnamese fishing boats are the latest in a series of maritime disputes which span the vast Pacific region.
Turkey's electorate has voted for democracy and the rule of law over incipient dictatorship, a most positive development. In June 7 parliamentary elections, the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) was abandoned by many voters. The ruling party won the largest bloc of seats in parliament, but lost the majority.
At the end of May, the United States formally removed Cuba from the list of states sponsoring terrorism. This will greatly facilitate interchange between the two countries. In particular, significant banking restrictions will be lifted.
"Individual ambition serves the common good," wrote Adam Smith, masterful eighteenth century analyst of emerging industrial capitalism. Freer trade reflects collective coordination of national ambition.
"Egregious" and "grotesque" is how United States Secretary of State John Kerry has described North Korea's reckless international provocations, and brutal executions of victims who incur the wrath of leader Kim Jong Un.