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Some worry that our outspoken president may be unnecessarily antagonizing the U.S. for our country's own good, while sounding deliberately gentle with China -- in the name of pursuing an "independent foreign policy."
In an ideal world, sovereign nations would maintain the unchallenged authority to implement any policy without other countries attempting to intervene, not even the superpowers on which so much depends in our interconnected world. In reality, however, no national leader has the freedom to pursue policies deemed inappropriate by the international community.
With its fifth -- and most powerful -- nuclear test since 2006 and the second so far this year, North Korea has shown how far its nuclear weapons program has come.
As Muslims worldwide have just performed another Hajj and are celebrating Eid, it is perhaps an opportune moment to reflect on the current state of the abstract construct -- the "Muslim world."
Reverberations from last week's election continue to be felt as the former British colony enters a new historical phase with a changed political landscape.
The way Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte responded to U.S. questioning of his government's handling of the anti-narcotics campaign showed that future relations between the world's most powerful country and its closest Southeast Asian ally are shifting fast.
On a recent trip to Agra, it didn't take long for a shopkeeper to recognize me as Pakistani. "I can tell from the way you speak Urdu," he explained.
A world run on common sense would be so much more convenient for all of us -- men, women and thousands upon thousands of those whose efforts continue to be frustrated by a biased system. Instead, we have to constantly go to court for arbitration on matters that by now officialdom should have found a solution to.
Father Joseph Sebes, my mentor at Georgetown University, required me to call him laoshi (teacher:老師). The Jesuit priest, who was the fourth regent of Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, had taught English in a small town in Shangdong (山東) before he was arrested by the Kempeitai (Japanese military police) at the beginning of World War II.
Even in defeat, Phelps was happy to see Schooling win -- that's what generativity, the ability to care across generations, is all about.
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