Monday, July 21, 2014
It is imperative that Russian-backed rebels allow international investigators unimpeded passage to the wreckage in east Ukraine
A Sri Lankan government crackdown this month on NGOs has sparked claims that President Mahinda Rajapakse, paranoid that he could be toppled, is again attempting to silence critics and tighten his grip on power.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
“That is just so stupid, and so much stupidity makes you want to cry.”
Three babies who died from drinking tap water contaminated by sewage have become a tragic symbol of South Africa's struggle to cope with a flood of people into cities designed under apartheid to cater to the tiny white minority.
The apparent downing of a Malaysian passenger jet and the loss of nearly 300 lives could be a game changer in the Ukraine crisis, piling pressure on key players, Russia foremost.
If Iran and world powers couldn't clinch a nuclear deal after five hard months of bargaining, what hope is there that yet more time will help?
The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully reserved for women,” and around 30 centimeters wider than normal.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
It's been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Russia as well as his participation in the Summit of the BRIC economic powers, the real story was the largely overlooked wraparound of his Latin American charm offensive. Here's the background.
The global crisis is essentially a dollar crisis, which might have a spill-over effect into the next world war. In an interview with USA Watchdog, Egon von Greyerz, founder of Matterhorn Asset Management, says another world war seems inevitable. “That's been the rule whenever an empire is collapsing. The actions they take are they start wars everywhere, because then you can frighten people and you can borrow more money. Of course, to some extent, the United States has done that ...
The downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with 298 people aboard heaped new distress on a nation still stung by the trauma and global stigma of flight MH370's disappearance four months ago.