Saturday, November 23, 2013
Rising tensions between Indonesia and Australia over revelations of electronic surveillance have some observers wondering what all the fuss is about.
Armed soldiers receive orders in their battle against gangs in Honduras as children play during recess at a school that will serve as a polling station in Sunday's presidential election.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Twin bombings against Iran's embassy in Hezbollah's Beirut stronghold point to a confrontation between Tehran and al-Qaida in Lebanon, which is paying a heavy price for the Syrian war, analysts said.
China's concern over non-traditional security threats (NTST), as well as the specter of a Soviet-style collapse, might have prompted President Xi Jinping to set up a National Security Commission (NSC) at the recent plenum of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
It may not be as significant as the epochal 1978 event that transformed communist China and put it on a path to becoming the world's No. 2 economy, but the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) recent policy summit might still claim a spot in history.
If there's one lesson we can learn from the Supreme Court's decision against pork barrel spending, it's that we shouldn't take shortcuts with the Constitution, however tempting and convenient. And for that lesson, now is the best “teaching moment,” as we reel from the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda and constitutional checks and balances stand in the way of quick action.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Nascent nuclear talks between Iran and Western powers are kindling some fears that after years of being sidelined from global diplomacy, Tehran may once again find a seat at the table.
What is interesting with regard to Indonesian democracy is that it paves the way for people to come to power through the use of family relationships, as seen in the clans of a number of governors — Ratu Atut Chosiyah, Syahrul Limpo, Sinyo Sarundajang and Sjachroedin ZP and many more at the regency or municipal levels across the nation.
Inside the Gaza government press office, a fresh-faced young woman makes her case in fluent English; outside, scowling bearded officials bark orders at masked militants.
The devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan has become a rallying cry at U.N. climate talks, where the Philippines and other developing nations are demanding aid guarantees for future damage from global warming.