Amid the continuing carnage form Syria's civil war, there are small, if hard won, humanitarian victories which bring a tiny glimmer of hope to the battered and bleeding Middle East nation. Surprisingly the U.N. Security Council, unanimously agreed to a resolution which allows “unhindered humanitarian access” to cities, towns and neighborhoods under siege by warring factions.
For those who track developments in the Indian military, news that its well-regarded navy chief resigned this week in the wake of a series of operational incidents for which he took “moral responsibility” should come as no surprise.
Although the smog has dispersed, with industry and transportation contributing to the pollution, how long will Beijing be spared from the “airpocalypse?”
Damning editorials in China's state media and a noticeable step-up in the dragnet against former aides of former security czar Zhou Yongkang suggest that the endgame is near for him, say analysts.
After hearing the warning of Narendra Modi to China over its repeated claims on Arunachal Pradesh, the Chinese must be laughing their heads off. Making an election speech in the north-east, Modi — Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate — advised China to give up its expansionist attitude.
2014/2/27, 1 Comment
Almost seven decades after the end of the Pacific War, the main protagonists seem to be tussling again, albeit so far only rhetorically. Chinese and Japanese voices have been raised in anger; now the Americans are also involved.
A 4-year-old boy and his sister, aged 6, in Bangkok's Ratchaprasong; the 5-year-old girl in Trat province. They were too young to understand anything about the political war being waged by adults who claim to have so firm a grasp on “right” and “wrong.”
Nothing ventured, nothing gained. That's a pretty good translation of a quote by Ban Chao (班超), a great general, explorer and diplomat of the East Han Dynasty (32-102 A.D.), who gained control of the Tarim Basin region of Central Asia for China. The quote translated verbatim is: No venture into the tiger's den, no capture of a tiger cub (不入虎穴、不得虎子).
- Joe Hung
With her gentle demeanor and sweet smile, Chinese beautician Li Ping hardly looks the type to pick a fight. But mention an anti-Japanese demonstration and she gets all fired up.
When an ethnic Vietnamese crashed his motorcycle into an ethnic Khmer's car in Phnom Penh's Meanchey district last Saturday night, he was attacked by Khmers shouting the racially charged term for Vietnamese — “yuon” — and beaten to death.
2014/2/24, 8 Comments