Last weekend, Beijing ended its one-month rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council. This was an opportunity for China to present an image of itself as a responsible world power, and the Chinese government grasped it with both hands, organizing an open debate on maintaining international peace and security.
There are two ways to see whether something is going to do well or badly — a top-down view or a bottom-up view. I spent more than a month traveling through Indochina and visited eight out of the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the last year to get a first-hand view from the ground up.
A recent trend shows a continuous fall in oil prices. Brent Crude Oil hit its lowest at US$45 per barrel in January 2015 after fluctuating around US$50 the previous months.
The Middle East is burning. Jet fighters from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt have attacked numerous Islamic State (IS) movement targets in Syria, Iraq and Libya, mainly in response to the sadistic killing of a captured Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh.
Japan is lacking in far-sighted diplomats. One really prescient diplomat was Baron Kijuro Shidehara, 44th prime minister. Despite growing Japanese militarism, he attempted to maintain a non-interventionist policy toward China and uphold the principles of the League of Nations.
- Joe Hung
A friend recently wondered if she should stop taking flights at night because they were not as safe as those during the day. This statement prompted a debate and the question was eventually put forward to me. My initial guess was that it shouldn't make a difference given that most modern planes effectively fly themselves.
There is progress in the long-term struggle to achieve a nuclear agreement with Iran. Reliable reports indicate the United States and Iran have moved toward compromise.
Speaking at a White House summit last week, U.S. President Barack Obama gave his recommendation for countering violent extremism in the digital age. “We have to confront squarely and honestly the twisted ideologies that these terrorist groups use to incite people to violence,” Obama said. “We need to find new ways to amplify the voices of peace and tolerance and inclusion, and we need to do it online.”
The attempted jail break in Kaohsiung Prison that led to the death of six inmates may have occurred nearly a month ago, but the story has not yet ended
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The spate of brutal and systematic attacks on Christian communities in Syria, Iraq and Egypt by Islamic State (IS) has surged. Yet despite this targeted violence, there's a climate of international indifference by many governments and even some Christian communities in the West toward this modern-day religious persecution.