Barring last-minute surprises, it now looks very likely that by the end of this month, the United States and Iran will conclude a deal over the latter's nuclear program.
Leopold von Ranke, a German historian and a founder of modern source-based history, teaches us history has to be written "wie es eigentlich gewesen" or "as it really is." Perhaps Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has never tried to understand von Ranke's dictum.
- Joe Hung
Organ transplants have been in the news this past week after reports that the organs of Irish physiotherapist Lisa Orsi, 22, who died after a trek in Indonesia, will be donated to several people here in Singapore, where she had worked since last year.
The shocking physical attack on U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert in Seoul may appear just the latest negative news from the Korea peninsula. On March 10 he left the hospital, five days after being slashed in a knife attack by a deranged fanatical nationalist.
I once got involved in a "friendly argument" with a friend of my father about the role of history in our lives. The issue was whether younger people (I was a college student at the time) should have to keep listening to old stories about World War II. I was most reluctant to admit to the value of what had occurred yesterday.
As the world's second largest economy -- and by some measures already the largest -- mainland China will always offer up opportunity to those willing to tolerate the risk, the pollution and the corruption.
The barbarians are inside the gates of Nimrud, the ancient Assyrian city in northern Iraq now being plundered, pillaged, and bulldozed by the forces of Islamic State (IS). The destruction of Nimrud, a city dating from 900 B.C. follows the planned and systematic smashing of priceless Mesopotamian statues and artifacts in the Mosul Museum weeks earlier.
The markets came down last week when China announced its projected growth rate for 2015 at 7 percent, after clocking the slowest growth in 24 years last year (at 7.4 percent). The nervousness flows from China's key role in contributing substantially to global growth in output and international trade since the Asian financial crisis of 1997.
The transfer of soil contaminated with radioactive substances to an interim storage facility will start at last on Friday, four years after the substances were released in the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Much attention has been focused on what Premier Li Keqiang had to say about the slowing Chinese economy in his annual report to the National People's Congress, China's parliament, and about a lower "new normal" in economic growth.