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Commentary > China Post > Arthur Cyr
'Small but meaningful step,' is how a senior official of South Korea's Unification Ministry described the surprise visit Oct. 4 of top North Korean officials. Hwang Pyong So, close adviser to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, headed the delegation, which crossed the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which divides the two Koreas.
 
"No one should be ducking in this case." That statement was made by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark in discussing the coordinated allied operations against the major terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).
 
Mars has two new alien visitors. MAVEN, the latest United States space vehicle to reach the planet, entered planned orbit on Sept. 21.
 
"Identity politics" is how former U.S. President Bill Clinton sums up the continuing powerful drive for independence in Scotland. He describes the growing worldwide phenomenon of identification with an ethnic or other group as a major challenge to international cooperation.
 
The challenge to governments and people of the Middle East and North Africa by the Islamic State (IS) has to be met effectively. To succeed, United States leaders above all must be realistic as well as determined.
 
The overt invasion of Ukraine by Russia's army, after months of covert aid to rebel forces, has generated the most serious crisis in Europe since the Balkan wars of the 1990s -- and perhaps since World War II. NATO has an obligation to respond skillfully, while trying to avoid direct combat with Russian forces -- if possible.
 
The Beijing Independent Film Festival was abruptly shut down over the weekend of Aug. 23-24. With timing likely to be considered too contrived in a movie script, this crackdown occurred just before Hollywood's Aug. 25 Emmy awards for television programs.
 
Water can put out political fires in the Mideast. Courageous indigenous warriors are making that possible, but the United States must lead.
 
Cambodia, scene of the killing fields of genocide less than four decades ago, has just completed a major step forward. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is the awkward title of an important United Nations tribunal established to endeavor to bring justice to the mass murderers of the demented Khmer Rouge regime. The regime, in power from 1975 to 1979, killed at least 1.5 million and perhaps over 2 million of their fellow Cambodians.
 
"The right sort of sports fan," is how McGeorge Bundy greeted the news in 1973 that Gerald Ford had been selected as vice president by Richard Nixon. Ford succeeded Spiro Agnew, who had been forced to resign because of corruption.
 
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