Monday, August 11, 2014
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
A dubious threat to U.S. interests. A swift vote in Congress for broad presidential war powers in response. A long, costly and bitterly debated war.
A presidential blue-ribbon committee devoted to preparing for inter-Korean unification held its inaugural session Thursday with little fanfare, as the public attention is riveted to horrible abuses at military barracks and measures to revive the sluggish economy.
In making the case for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, U.S. President Barack Obama is drawing on the doctrine involving the use of American force that he outlined less than three months ago, when it seemed he was trying to avoid potential U.S. military action anywhere.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
“The right sort of sports fan,” is how McGeorge Bundy greeted the news in 1973 that Gerald Ford had been selected as vice president by Richard Nixon. Ford succeeded Spiro Agnew, who had been forced to resign because of corruption.
Limited skirmishes or a new round of killing? Friday's resumption of hostilities may see Hamas overplay its hand in a dangerous poker game that could plunge Gaza back into chaos, analysts said.
Ultimately, the essence of a protest is how sensibly and responsibly it is reacted to by those it is aimed at. In Pakistan, protests have lost their effect.
“No one in Libya can win. Enough is enough. I have lost hope in Libyans.” That is the verdict of Mahmoud Okok, a civil engineer in his thirties, who is fleeing his country with his family.
What the rest of the world knows as football could be about to change forever.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
The headlines seem from another era; that of Christian persecution by militant Islam in the Middle East. Yet the modern political responses to this age-old conflict appear as ambivalent to what has emerged as an organized attempt by the militant State of Islam to impose a caliphate both on Christians as well as more secular Muslims.