For the generations that came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, the satirical Mad magazine was the best guide to seeing the world as it really was.
Rather than a form of recognition for the junta, chairmanship of the Group of 77 is a test of the country's skill at coordinating development.
When the "Digital India" initiative of the Indian prime minister receives the backing of none other than Google CEO Sundar Pichai, one can't help but look at it with admiration. This CEO of Indian origin, and his compatriot Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, are among the talented products of India's world class tech institutes, Indian Institutions of Technology (IITs). Silicon Valley's strength depends on these IIT graduates.
After attending mainland China's high-profile military parade on Sept. 3, South Korean President Park Geun-hye is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and is due to hold summit talks with United States President Barack Obama on Oct. 16.
Sometime back, I had to travel to and from the eastern part of Nepal and my experience was not at all pleasant. I had to go to Dhankuta from Kathmandu for some work.
While the public outcry and spontaneous acts of solidarity toward refugees in Europe appear very moving, the hard work lies in ensuring that refugees have access to education and vocational skills training, because this is in the best interests of everyone.
The Pakistan military's deepening involvement in state affairs and public expectations could lead to a slippery path.
The way Islam and American Muslims have been treated in the current U.S. presidential race is deeply disturbing. Opinions nurtured and policies formulated in the run-up to the election just over a year from now are bound to have a far-reaching impact both within the United States and across the world.
Gender ministries tend to be underfunded and lack the influence and weight of larger and stronger ministries, such as foreign affairs or treasury functions. This is where we intend to learn from history -- and change it.
Chinese mainland leader Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States will be high powered, high profile and of high intensity -- Internet and big business events in Seattle, a formal summit in Washington and activities honoring the 70th anniversary of the United Nations in New York.