Far from the sputtering conflict, the war of words, and the diplomatic jousting between Russia and the West over the future sovereignty of Ukraine, there's a lucrative business deal unfolding in the French Atlantic port of St. Nazaire. There amid the construction cranes and buzzing machine shops of one of France's largest naval shipbuilders, two new steel grey ships are taking form; both being amphibious assault ships for the Russian navy.
If Asia is to move forward toward greater peace and prosperity, the region must say bye to the politics of both race and religion. How fitting it would be if the latest return visit to Asia by America's top diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of America's first African-American president, also helped push the region, including mainland China, to move beyond stereotypes. This is critical.
And so he's gone. But not from our memories of laughter and sadness to which his movies moved us.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its 2014 assessment of the Chinese economy, has advised the country to adopt lower growth targets and to put more emphasis on enacting reforms made public last November. Slower growth now will lead to higher, sustainable growth later, it said, but if reforms are not put in place, GDP growth may well plummet.
About a century ago, after World War I, British and French leaders carved up the Middle East and set the modern borders of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
Dr. Elinor Graham and her friend, Dr. Roseda Marshall, are two remarkable doctors united by their concern for the well-being of the Liberian people. In recent weeks they have been gathering medical supplies and raising awareness about Liberia among Americans.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) badly needs to pay more attention to new challenges in the security landscape of both this and more far-flung regions of the globe, addressing them with intensive collective discussion.
Stupidity in politics is no mystery. Stupidity, no matter how appalling or alarming, is always rooted in crude self-interest. The political elite's idea of self-interest may be flat wrong or even crazy, judged from outside, but their activities remain radiantly rational so far as the stubborn perpetrators are concerned.
The leadership of the Philippine House of Representatives is expected to refer the three impeachment complaints filed against President Aquino during the last congressional recess to the justice committee as early as today.
On August 1, Japan named 158 islands that had not been named previously as part of efforts to reinforce its claims. Among them were five tiny uninhabited islets in what are known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan but the Diaoyus in China and the Tiaoyutais in Taiwan. Both Taiwan and China have a better substantiated claim on the archipelago.
- Joe Hung