Monday, August 24, 2015
Fierce criticism of the Iran nuclear agreement by figures in the U.S. opposition Republican Party seeking the U.S. presidency has raised a big question in Tehran -- will future American leaders keep their side of the bargain?
Sunday, August 23, 2015
"Here is a book you should have, Mr. Director," and with that Jacqueline Kennedy handed CIA director Allen Dulles a copy of "From Russia with Love" by Ian Fleming, the latest novel in the series featuring lethal British agent James Bond. Their 1957 encounter in Palm Beach bears on continuing controversies, and too many recent embarrassments, involving U.S. government intelligence.
For years, North Korea's litany of threats has been largely dismissed -- Seoul, after all, is still not drowning in a "sea of fire," despite Pyongyang's repeated promises to make it so.
Sri Lanka's just-concluded polls drew abnormal interest because of Mahinda Rajapaksa's bid to return as prime minister, barely six months after he lost power as president of the teardrop-shaped island.
For generations, the world's cities have struggled to keep themselves safe. "Wall Street Explosion Kills 30; Injures 300," The New York Times' front page proclaimed after a bomb ripped through New York City's financial district. "Red Plot Seen in Blast."
On Aug. 6, 1945 the world witnessed what can really be called one of the blackest days in human history.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Hong Kong has prided itself as the freest economy in the world, but last week Chief Executive CY Leung pronounced that the "positive non-intervention" policy is outdated.
Syria continues to descend into the inferno while the international community stands transfixed. A political solution seems elusive as ever, the civil war grinds on having killed over 250,000 people, and over 12 million people have fled their homeland. Alarmed by these developments, the U.N. Security Council has affirmed its support for finding a durable political settlement to a crisis which after four years of fighting not only threatens Syria, but dangerously has morphed into a regional threat.
After embarrassing false starts, U.S. President Barack Obama is making a final push to close Guantanamo prison, but to fulfill that glaringly incomplete campaign promise he faces unpalatable compromises and internal resistance.
Turkey's almost month-long campaign of airstrikes against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Turkish southeast and northern Iraq will weaken but cannot destroy the Kurdish militant group, analysts say.