Monday, June 22, 2015
Chad's decision to ban women from wearing the Islamic veil, which came two days after bloody suicide bombings hit the capital, has divided Muslims but the government defends it as part of an anti-terror strategy.
With the defeat this week of the Beijing-backed political reform plan they slammed as "fake democracy," Hong Kong's young protesters are questioning how to take their fight forward as the gulf between them and mainland China widens.
Tweets and YouTube videos by fighters from the Islamic State group have allowed analysts to pinpoint their movements in Iraq and Syria, highlighting the group's increasing push towards government strongholds.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Like many, I find the Rachel Dolezal controversy both fascinating and troubling.
Violent clashes involving Chinese ships and Vietnamese fishing boats are the latest in a series of maritime disputes which span the vast Pacific region.
A year after its establishment, the Islamic State group's self-declared "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq remains well-funded and heavily armed, and experts say it could be around for years to come.
On Tuesday, an Egyptian court upheld the death penalty for Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president. Morsi was first sentenced to death last month, along with more than 100 co-defendants, for taking part in an alleged prison break. It was the latest in a series of sham trials and mass death sentences decreed by the judiciary since the Egyptian military ousted Morsi in a coup in July 2013., 1 Comment
South Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will make a two-day trip to Japan starting Sunday.
The setback suffered by the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal in the United States Congress is a worrying sign of America's fluctuating ability to underpin its national interests in Asia with a commensurate set of multilateral responsibilities.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
The number of refugees fleeing their native lands as well as people being internally displaced in their home countries has surged beyond even the most dire predictions. Just six months ago, a U.N. report launched an urgent appeal for US$16.4 billion to assist 58 million people; a record number of refugees, internally displaced persons and victims of famine.