It's been 40 years since the wars in Indochina ended and the curtain dropped ushering in a new period of darkness for the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. Four long decades since the stunning imagery of North Vietnamese tanks smashing through the gates of Saigon's Doc Lap Independence Palace seizing the South Vietnamese capital, ending the decades-long war, and bringing forcible reunification by the communists to the divided nation.
There's an urgent food crisis in communist North Korea, where shortages affect up to 70 percent of the population. According to an alarming new U.N. humanitarian report, some 18 million people out of the population of 24 million are considered "food insecure" and don't have access to an adequate and diverse diet to live healthily. To meet the challenge the U.N. needs US$111 million for humanitarian aid over the next year.
Throughout the chaos, calamity and conflict which has befallen the Middle East, there are few groups which have come under such intense attack as Christians and minority ethnic communities. As countries like Iraq and Syria face the sharp end of ethnic and political strife, the persecution of small but significant Christian communities by terrorist elements such as Islamic State has tragically followed. This deadly plague of religious persecution has spilled over into neighboring countries including Libya and Egypt.
The Obama administration and the tireless U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry endlessly strive for and speak about reaching a nuclear "deal" with Iran.1 Comment
Afghanistan's long and tortuous road to peace and reconciliation still seems a near mirage as an entrenched terrorist insurgency seems to rebuff political and security gains made by the Kabul government and international military assistance. Still, the U.N. mission in the war-torn South Asian country seems cautiously optimistic and offered a renewed hope for a still complex peace process.
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.
Amid a near unquenchable thirst for natural resources, a desire to develop new trading partners and an opportunity to press for political influence in a vast region increasingly ignored by the United States, the People's Republic of China is forging ahead to develop closer ties with Latin America.
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.
The vast swath of nine countries bordering the southern reaches of the Sahara desert are marked by poverty, drought and chronic instability.
In recent years there's been a dearth of media coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan's troubled western region. What had once been a focus of both diplomatic and high profile celebrity efforts to detail human rights abuses during more than a decade of inter-ethnic conflict, has subsequently been bypassed by both crisis fatigue and a host of other larger African regional conflicts.