Sunday, November 9, 2014
While U.S. midterm elections provided a distraction, Russia President Vladimir Putin solidified control of eastern Ukraine. Rebel forces opposed to the national government organized elections in Donetsk and Luhansk on Nov. 2. Not surprisingly, those favoring independence scored an estimated eighty percent of the votes.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
A quarter century ago, the Joshua trumpet of freedom sounded and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Naturally, this allegory was slightly more complicated as the epic political events which led to the fall of the Wall on Nov. 9, 1989 were long in coming but nonetheless still not at all anticipated.
For a force that has built its reputation on an aura of momentum and invincibility, the Islamic State (IS) group is now dealing with a series of military setbacks in Iraq and a prolonged stalemate in the small Syrian border town of Kobane.
It occurs to me that it would be cliche to begin this article with yet another mention of Beijing's infamous smog, but air quality is again the focus in the Chinese capital as it welcomes heads of state to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
Bangladesh's largest Islamist party faces an existential crisis after a series of body blows, including the sentencing to death of its leaders and abandonment by its main secular ally, say analysts.
As a home to dozens of military bases with tens of thousands military dependents, northern Taoyuan County has long been regarded as a traditional Kuomintang (KMT) and pan-blue stronghold.
Friday, November 7, 2014
With sweeping victories that exceeded their own sky-high expectations, Republicans have dealt President Barack Obama and Democrats the most devastating electoral defeat of his presidency. Their prize is full control of Congress, and with it, the power to shape the direction of the U.S. government in the next two years.
When Malaysia's urbane Prime Minister Najib Razak travels abroad he invariably touts his country's widely accepted reputation for moderate Islam, but that image is taking a beating at home.
Given that the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum account for some 54 percent of global GDP and about 44 percent of world trade, the agenda for this month's APEC summit should be drawing much global attention.
To Arnold Abbott, feeding the homeless in a public park in Florida was an act of charity. But to the city of Fort Lauderdale, the 90-year-old man was committing a crime.