What the rest of the world knows as football could be about to change forever.
The headlines seem from another era; that of Christian persecution by militant Islam in the Middle East. Yet the modern political responses to this age-old conflict appear as ambivalent to what has emerged as an organized attempt by the militant State of Islam to impose a caliphate both on Christians as well as more secular Muslims.
The killing of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene in Kabul by an Afghan soldier at a training academy and the refusal of Afghan politicians to agree on a new president seven weeks after the election call into question once more why the United States maintains a presence there. About 30,000 U.S. troops remain and the Obama administration wants to keep nearly 10,000 there after the end of this year.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw on Aug. 9 for a three-day visit. The chief diplomat will meet government leaders and attend a series of meetings, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum and East Asia Summit.
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India's independence or the migration of Hindus and Muslims on the basis of religion is as old as 67 years. I remember leaving my home in Sialkot city on Aug. 14 itself because the new state of Pakistan did not entertain non-Muslims, just as East Punjab did not want any Muslim in their midst. I heard Jawaharlal Nehru's famous “tryst” speech in Pakistan itself at my home town, Sialkot.
Precisely 100 years ago this morning, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. At first sight, just a confrontation between a decrepit empire which was already breaking up, and an impoverished, small Serbian state on the southern edge of Europe whose most substantial exports at that time were banditry and terrorism.
It has been a week since the deadly explosions took place in downtown Kaohsiung, and yet not a single governmental agency is willing to hold itself accountable over the incident.
In a landmark judgment, a U.S. appellate court has ruled as unconstitutional a decision by an American intergovernmental agency and by President Barack Obama to refuse to allow a Chinese-owned company to buy wind farms in Oregon.
His name doesn't ring a bell for many here. Friends scratch their heads and mutter: “Kishore-who?”
MH370 remains a tragic mystery. MH17 is just tragic. A passenger jet flying an approved route at an approved height apparently shot down by a missile. It could have been one of a number of airlines but it was Malaysian.