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The Middle East is burning. Jet fighters from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt have attacked numerous Islamic State (IS) movement targets in Syria, Iraq and Libya, mainly in response to the sadistic killing of a captured Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh.
2015/3/3
Japan is lacking in far-sighted diplomats. One really prescient diplomat was Baron Kijuro Shidehara, 44th prime minister. Despite growing Japanese militarism, he attempted to maintain a non-interventionist policy toward China and uphold the principles of the League of Nations.
2015/3/2
A friend recently wondered if she should stop taking flights at night because they were not as safe as those during the day. This statement prompted a debate and the question was eventually put forward to me. My initial guess was that it shouldn't make a difference given that most modern planes effectively fly themselves.
2015/3/2
There is progress in the long-term struggle to achieve a nuclear agreement with Iran. Reliable reports indicate the United States and Iran have moved toward compromise.
2015/3/1
Speaking at a White House summit last week, U.S. President Barack Obama gave his recommendation for countering violent extremism in the digital age. “We have to confront squarely and honestly the twisted ideologies that these terrorist groups use to incite people to violence,” Obama said. “We need to find new ways to amplify the voices of peace and tolerance and inclusion, and we need to do it online.”
2015/3/1
The attempted jail break in Kaohsiung Prison that led to the death of six inmates may have occurred nearly a month ago, but the story has not yet ended
2015/3/1
The spate of brutal and systematic attacks on Christian communities in Syria, Iraq and Egypt by Islamic State (IS) has surged. Yet despite this targeted violence, there's a climate of international indifference by many governments and even some Christian communities in the West toward this modern-day religious persecution.
2015/2/28
For the longest time, people looked to the Oscars to know which Hollywood movies to check out or download, who made it to this year's best- and worst-dressed list, and which hottest couple to watch.
2015/2/27
U.S. President Barack Obama put the White House's Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on the right track by bringing into focus the central issue of these times: the preservation of religious freedom, national security and personal dignity for all. Extremists, draped in the stolen robes of faith, debase all of these aspirations.
2015/2/26
China's development will generate huge opportunities and benefits and hold lasting and infinite promise, Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping told business executives gathered in Beijing for the APEC meeting. As China's overall national strength grows, China will be both capable and willing to provide more public goods for the Asia-Pacific and the world.
2015/2/25
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