Sunday, October 26, 2014
Traveling through to Washington D.C. last week to attend a conference on the future of emerging markets, I was cut off from the rest of the world when my Mac hard drive crashed. Luckily my Mexican host was a young computer genius who fixed it by changing the drive to a new flash memory card and lo and behold, my computer is faster and slightly lighter, but I lost all my past files.
Turkey has announced a major shift in policy, in a direction strongly desired — and strongly pressed — by the United States and our allies in the war against ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria). The government in Ankara has agreed to allow Kurd forces from Iraq to cross Turkey's borders to battle ISIS terrorists in Syria.
A year before Mexico's latest nightmare — the disappearance of 43 students — there was another night of terror in a neighboring town when gunmen broke into homes and took people away, mainly youths.
I just looked up “aggressive” in a fat dictionary which promises in a blurb on its cover to help writers to improve their efforts (hmm). The scholars there split their definition into two parts.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Canada has yet again been given a reality jolt. Twice within three days, “lone wolf” terrorists have killed Canadian soldiers on Canadian soil; one outside Montreal and another at the symbolic National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Ottawa incident also saw the apparent lone gunmen rush into the Houses of Parliament, wildly firing shots in an attempt kill legislators. Fortunately he failed.
The fourth plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which opened on Monday, comes with a theme of the rule of law.
President Ma Ying-jeou on Oct. 21 announced further measures to prevent Ebola from entering Taiwan. He is not alone in this, as people and governments around the world are taking precautions to stop the disease from spreading amid media-fueled panic. Some of these measures are more effective than others.
The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists will face uncertainty if the extremists make good on an apparent pledge to free the teenagers they seized six months ago.
Friday, October 24, 2014
At a casual glance, the recent string of events on the Korean Peninsula is puzzling. However, if we heed the notion that there is a method to North Korea's madness, the events of the last few weeks pertaining to Pyongyang and Seoul are no longer an enigma.
Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing him could improve abysmal U.S. relations and even temper growing international criticism of its human-rights record.