Christmas season is also the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle in the history of the United States. On Dec. 16, 1944, Nazi Germany launched an enormous offensive through the quiet, thinly-defended Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Adolf Hitler and planners in Berlin achieved total surprise. German forces rapidly gained ground.
For some "truth" is just another one of life's challenges (to surmount) -- another road as it were, not overly difficult to navigate and manipulate or to design and build, especially if you're among the powerful and privileged. In reality, however, truth is tough -- tough to perceive, to comprehend, and not the least, to judge.
During the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump didn't disguise his admiration for the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin. And now, as president-elect, Trump has nominated ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson, a recipient of Russia's Order of Friendship, as secretary of state.
Last Monday, the People's Republic of China celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Xi'an Incident (西安事变), an important turning point in modern Chinese history. It took place in the city of Xi'an in northwestern China during the civil war between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party before the Second Sino-Japanese War.
I cannot recall any particular Christmas in the past when I felt quite the same way I am feeling these days. Here we are, only a week away, and I seem to be struggling to get into the spirit of things.
The telephone conversation on Dec. 2 between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan was relatively brief but continues to reverberate prominently in news, diplomatic and political dimensions.
While Washington awaits the inauguration of a new president on Jan. 20, the United Nations has quietly passed its baton of leadership to a new secretary-general from Portugal. Addressing the U.N.
Governments worldwide remain vigilant in their focus on infectious diseases such as dengue fever, cholera, malaria and Zika or on dangers that could potentially return, like the SARS virus that struck Hong Kong more than a dozen years ago starting in March 2003.
Last week, Chinese military jets circled Taiwan. Today the Taiwanese government acknowledged that China could send naval vessels to follow suit.
A tempest in a teapot hit the world on Dec. 2. President Tsai Ing-wen talked with President-elect Donald Trump of the United States for 10 minutes.