The similarities between journalism and activism are obvious, but the differences are subtle.
Among the 193 presidential and ministerial speeches being made during the U.N. General Assembly debate, most will present politically pedantic and often droning restatements of the obvious; that war, terrorism, poverty and the refugee crisis lapping at Europe's shores and hinterland are among the absolute ills affecting the international community. The new and revamped sustainable development goals are then placed on the altar of global diplomacy as the penultimate offering to save the world.
Since Aug. 11, when mainland China announced that it is devaluating the yuan, world attention has been trained on China's economy in an effort to understand what is happening in the world's second largest economy.
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered a speech in the United States on Sept. 22 at a welcoming dinner hosted by the Washington state governor in his honor.
With the bursting of the mainland Chinese stock market bubble in July and the slight but unexpected depreciation of the yuan, by about 4 percent in August, the world markets have panicked and doomsayers are coming out in droves to predict the imminent collapse of the Chinese economy.
China's leader Xi Jinping averted a confrontation during his visit to the United States by agreeing with Barack Obama that each country would refrain from conducting or supporting cyber attacks to steal intellectual property for commercial gain.
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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.