Tuesday, May 19, 2015
A dozen years later, American politics has reached a rough consensus about the Iraq War: It was a mistake. Politicians hoping to be president rarely run ahead of public opinion. So it's a revealing moment when the major contenders for president in both parties find it best to say that 4,491 Americans and countless Iraqis lost their lives in a war that shouldn't have been waged.
A comedy club owner, an ex-motorcycle expedition leader and a politics student are just some of the 56 new Scottish nationalist MPs set to be sworn in at Britain's parliament this week.
A move to write new war powers to authorize the Obama administration's 9-month-old battle against Islamic State militants has stalled in Congress and might even be dead.
Society has been seduced to enter a world in which wealth, and the status attached to it, are equated with success and happiness. If we consider its toll on our natural environment and its longer term unsustainability, this very notion of universalizing affluence becomes highly suspect.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Former President Chen Shui-bian, now enjoying a respite from 20 years behind bars for corruption and graft on medical parole, has finally succeeded in getting eye for an eye vengeance on President Ma Ying-jeou. His defense lawyer, Cheng Wen-lung, maneuvered a resolution at the Taipei City Clean Government Committee recommending that Ma be referred to the Agency Against Corruption of the Ministry of Justice for investigation in connection with his alleged illegal profiting of the Farglory Development Corporation by commissioning the development of the Taipei Dome.
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Ireland could become the first country in the world to vote for same-sex marriage in a historic referendum this week in this traditionally Catholic nation.
Europe will consider this week whether to follow the United States by bringing in tighter controls on "conflict minerals" from war zones, but critics say the measures risk being watered down.
Thailand's first female Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces court on Tuesday at the start of a negligence trial which could see her jailed for a decade and deliver a hammer blow to the political dominance of her family.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
The phrase "the secret to happiness" sounds so beguiling that we've a right to be skeptical about it. People may say there is such a secret, and they know what it is, but most of us probably shake our heads in wonder. We doubt anyone can tell us a secret such as that.
The Obama administration tends to confuse rhetoric with accomplishment, and nowhere is this more apparent than in regard to the Middle East. "The Obama Doctrine" has been employed since Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign to sum up foreign policy strategy. However, there is no strategy, only a general declaration of international good citizenship and cooperation.