Monday, September 1, 2014
Pope Francis made an apostolic journey to South Korea from Aug. 13 to 18. On his way to Seoul, his plane passed over the sky of the People's Republic of China and he sent a message to Chinese President Xi Jinping wishing that God bless the Chinese people. Beijing, which doesn't have diplomatic ties with the Vatican, allowed the pope to fly through its air space for the first time.
> Joe Hung
In Ferguson, Missouri, USA, Michael Brown was gunned down by a local police officer and a wave of protests rightfully took over the town, demanding justice and an end to police abuse and militarization. But what about the Brazilian Fergusons?
Amid fears Islamic State fighters are inspiring jihadists outside the Middle East, analysts warn it has emboldened extremists in Africa operating in voids left by weak governments and rampant corruption.
A government survey released this week highlighted the need for more effective and systematic education about unification to give students a more positive perception of a reunified Korea.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
The Beijing Independent Film Festival was abruptly shut down over the weekend of Aug. 23-24. With timing likely to be considered too contrived in a movie script, this crackdown occurred just before Hollywood's Aug. 25 Emmy awards for television programs.
For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other.
U.S. President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
In what can only be described as a plague on both your houses, an U.N. investigative panel has issued a specific and sickening verdict on the ongoing violence in Syria's civil war.
Thailand's economic growth this year looks set to level off at around 1.50-2.0 percent. Most of the engines of growth are sputtering. In the first half of this year, exports began to go downhill, contracting by 0.1 percent.
Sweden's prime minister has warned of public spending curbs to meet the cost of a rising wave of refugees, sparking a furor about making immigration an issue in next month's general election.