Sunday, November 29, 2015
This December's climate change summit in Paris could at last see an ambitious, legally binding deal. For the first time, this would encompass the bulk of global greenhouse gas emissions, since the biggest emitters -- including the U.S., China, and India -- are now closely engaged in the negotiation process.
European Union leaders hold a summit with Turkey on Sunday, with Ankara set to win a boost for its membership bid and a cash pledge in exchange for its help stemming the flow of migrants.
The terrorist attacks in Paris continue to reverberate, magnified unavoidably by the 24/7 global electronic media. Predictably, the grimmest and most gruesome information is emphasized, with endless speculation. The more alarming the possibility, the more of interest it is to the talking heads.
U.S. conservatives backed by the powerful gas and coal lobbies are at loggerheads with both the scientific world and President Barack Obama on the environment -- but have failed to block his path on climate change.
A big question people have been asking since mainland China's leaders propounded the concept of Chinese Dream in 2012 is: What is the symbol of the mainland rejuvenation? Now we can say that the revival of the Silk Road is that symbol, not only for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, but also the rejuvenation of European, Asian and African nations, because it integrates the Chinese Dream with the dream of the world.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Queues, bottlenecks and security checks -- their return in Europe could have a sizeable economic impact if they become entrenched in the wake of the attacks in Paris and the unprecedented flow of refugees from conflict zones like Syria.
In a stern and sweeping rebuke to North Korea's human rights abuses, a U.N. committee has slammed the repressive communist regime in an annual report on "The Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea." In a vote of 112 in favor, and 19 against, with 50 abstentions, the Third Committee (political) passed a resolution that once again keeps international pressure on Pyongyang in the midst of an impending visit to the reclusive country by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Nigeria repeatedly claims to have severely weakened Boko Haram and is eyeing an end to the conflict by year-end, yet the Islamists still show a capacity to launch deadly attacks.
Turkey's downing of a Russian war plane on the Syrian border risks inflicting significant damage on relations between Moscow and Ankara, even if they both have an interest in avoiding a permanent rupture.
Friday, November 27, 2015
He has come within minutes of his death before. Once, the rain delayed the execution. He waited for hours under a tin roof for the rain to stop. Eventually, the authorities postponed the execution as the rain lingered on.