When I first visited Estonia over 20 years ago, the Baltic country had recently regained its independence from the Soviet Union. Tallinn, the capital and an old Hanseatic trading city, offered an intriguing mix of medieval architecture and shoddy Soviet style construction. Situated on the Gulf of Finland, Estonia, though occupied by Moscow, was deceptively close to the free Nordic countries.
Anyone who has ever driven in Nepal knows very well that the country's drivers -- not all, but many -- are a force to be feared. Overtaking recklessly...
After the disappearance last December of Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo, Britain's foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, asked Beijing for information on his whereabouts, pointing out that the 65-year-old was a British national. China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, responded that Lee was "first and foremost a Chinese national."
What is the role of language in politics? Do those who claim to represent people's interests have a responsibility to use language that is decent, imbued with reason, values that are humane and that facilitate a pursuit of justice and welfare? Or should the language we use be left to the whims and fancies of our instincts and moods of the day?
The new social media feature from Facebook that allows users to broadcast live events from their smartphones -- Facebook Live -- has taken the media world by storm, raising a new challenge for news reporters that could affect the quality of their work.
"We recognize the importance of maintaining dialogue with Russia." This was inserted in a joint communique from the Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting held in Hiroshima at the Japanese government's desire.
We know the world today is turbulent, volatile and violent. It is also interconnected and interdependent. That's why matters to everyone who gets to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations. And that's why Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, should get the world's top job.
A Japanese Maritime Safety cutter was on routine patrol near the Okinotori Islands near Iwo Jima of WWII fame early last Monday. It sighted a fishing trawler and gave chase.
I occasionally lob a ball of sorts here in the direction of local English teachers, hoping that here or there a couple of them (perspicacious colleagues as they are) may grab onto something I say, and bring it to their students for discussion, or contemplation, or both.
A world away from this side of the Pacific in California's largest city, where leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors are convening for the annual Milken Institute Global Conference, concerns continue to grow about the sustainability of mainland China's relatively rapid rise.