The debate over whether an elected president should appoint politicians as Cabinet members as part of a power-sharing mechanism or appoint professionals instead to restore the presidential system of government has never subsided.
Twenty cents of a real (roughly 8 cents of a dollar) brought millions of people onto the streets in Brazil in July 2013. Those 20 cents channeled all popular dissatisfaction, directed all anger to the streets and showed the government's ineptitude in dealing with the Brazilian people's problems. Only 20 cents. An increase in the bus fare from 3.00 real to 3.20 real (or roughly US$1.32 to USD$1.40). About 6 percent.
If there ever was an argument for the support of U.S. intervention in Iraq, this is probably the best chance in a long while to mount it.
We seriously question the appropriateness of South Korean President Park Geun-hye's pursuit of unilateral concessions from Japan on the issue of so-called comfort women. This unbending stance should be altered to allow for more flexible diplomacy if an improved Japan-South Korea relationship is to be built.
World leaders gathered at the Belgian industrial city of Liege on Aug. 4 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, following the German invasion then of neutral Belgium.
This is the day we renew our pledge of peace and our determination not to engage in war, while also quietly paying tribute to the memory of those who died in World War II.
Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries — China, India, and Indonesia — led by strong, dynamic, and reform-minded leaders.
Despite winning this year's election, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo must await the final and binding decision of Indonesia's Constitutional Court. Still, it is only a matter of time before he is sworn in as the nation's seventh president, most likely at the end of October.
If Asia is to move forward toward greater peace and prosperity, the region must say bye to the politics of both race and religion. How fitting it would be if the latest return visit to Asia by America's top diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of America's first African-American president, also helped push the region, including mainland China, to move beyond stereotypes. This is critical.
And so he's gone. But not from our memories of laughter and sadness to which his movies moved us.