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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Rushing to go nowhere, a Western pastime
If you spend enough time in a foreign country, even the starkest cultural differences have a way of melting away like a bad mood in the summer sun.
The last time Taiwanese students mobilized en masse, they brought about an end to decades of martial rule. Now, they are scenting victory in a new battle for the island's soul as they repel government plans to embrace China ever closer.
The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out.
Syria's harrowing civil war has taken a new turn as the beleaguered Mid East country now faces a widening drought and food crisis in the midst of a widening conflict. U.N. relief agencies warn that the deepening drought may cut food production thus adding to the country's woes.
President Vladimir Putin is seeking to maintain influence in Ukraine by fomenting instability in its Russian-speaking eastern regions but will stop short of sending troops there in a Crimea-style swoop, analysts said.
Friday, April 11, 2014
There were no tangible winners in Wednesday's election. Ironically, the one that finished at the top should be the most disappointed.
The latest outburst of pro-Russian separatism in eastern Ukraine has prompted fresh fears that Moscow's appetite for territorial annexation will not stop at Crimea.
Ukrainians in Russia have found themselves thrust into the heart of the standoff between Moscow and Kiev, confronting both their own divided loyalties and fears of rising Russian hostility toward them.
The Philippines' decision to contest China's vast claims over the South China Sea was advanced when it recently submitted a formal plea before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Itlos). A 4,000-page, 10-volume memorial contains Manila's arguments, evidence and maps to support its case against China's nine-dash line, which encloses 90 percent of the South China Sea. Those expansive claims have put Beijing at loggerheads with Manila and others who are determined to defend what they too believe to be legitimately theirs.
Last year family matriarch Barbara Bush proclaimed there have been “enough Bushes” in the White House, but recently son Jeb unambiguously revived prospects of extending the political dynasty.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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