Thursday, January 14, 2016
Federal immigration raids have wrenched open new divides between President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies, including the woman who hopes to replace him, Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The year-end agreement between Japan and South Korea to resolve the issue of wartime "comfort women," which has been poisoning the relationship between the two countries, has been widely welcomed internationally, but not by China.
The latest tiff between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been a decade in the making. The execution of a Shia cleric, the subsequent storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran; Iran's supreme leader declaring "God's hand of retaliation will grip the neck of Saudi leaders" did not happen in a day. The clinching of the nuclear deal between the United States and Iran did not go down well with the Saudis.
Taiwan's fraught relationship with mainland China will be center stage this weekend as frustrated voters head to the polls to elect a new Beijing-skeptic leader.
Barely more than a week into 2016, mainland China leader Xi Jinping is having a rough time of it, with challenges ranging from a plummeting stock market to new provocations from obstreperous ally North Korea. While none pose an existential threat to his administration, the world will be watching to see whether he has the sophisticated touch needed to find durable solutions and maintain stability.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Long one of Iran's few Sunni Arab partners, Sudan has cut ties with Tehran in the latest step in its move toward Saudi Arabia as Khartoum seeks to end its isolation and right its economy.
North Korea's leader has taken a victory tour to celebrate the country's widely disputed claim of a hydrogen bomb test, seeking to rally pride in an explosion viewed with outrage by much of the world and boost his domestic political goals.
Three weeks before Iowa kicks off the state-by-state U.S. presidential nominating contests, businessman Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are generating overwhelming enthusiasm among U.S. opposition Republican Party voters in the state, along with concern, though not panic, among the party professionals who believe both are unelectable in November against the ruling Democratic Party's nominee.
Out of time to push a new legislative agenda, U.S. President Barack Obama will look past Congress and to the American people in his final State of the Union address, aiming to define his presidency and his legacy before others can do it for him.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Japan is known for making diplomatic faux pas. One grievous mistake was made in 1933 when the Land of the Rising Sun withdrew from the League of Nations after the Mukden Incident that sired the puppet state Manchukuo.
> Joe Hung