As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II draws closer, international pressure is mounting on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his stance on the country's wartime wrongdoings. This rightful pressure should be kept up until he comes to his senses and does what he ought to do.
In a callous but not unexpected move to block an international inquiry on the fate of Malaysian Flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine just a year ago, Russia has vetoed a resolution which would have set up a tribunal to investigate the disaster which killed 298 civilians. The Malaysian civilian airliner, a Boeing 777, was shot down by a Russian supplied BUK missile allegedly fired by Russian-backed separatists fighting the Ukraine government. Moscow blames the Ukrainians for the disaster.
The Wall Street Journal recently discussed Taiwan's energy needs and criticized Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen for her "fanciful visions" to replace nuclear power with expensive and unreliable renewables.
It is a pitiable reflection on Indian "thinking" that only when the hangman's noose beckons does the debate on the propriety, or impropriety, of capital punishment attract the requisite intensity of focus.
News has surfaced that the four major parties in Nepal have whittled down the suggestions received on the draft of the constitution to seven major points, which includes citizenship.
Life. Be in it. That's a slogan I remember from my childhood in the U.S.
A few days ago, I met a renowned expert on Chinese, Japanese and Korean relations. He was genuinely concerned about recent radical developments in East Asia: increasing Chinese and American rivalry as the former engages in territorial disputes; the sudden upswing of the right wing in Japan, and her alliance with America; and the conflicts between South Korea and Japan over Dokdo island and the atrocities the latter committed during the colonial period.
Two and a half years after the Philippines first sought international arbitration in its disputes with China over the South China Sea, the first hearings were finally held in The Hague this month by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, despite China's refusal to take part and its contention that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction.
The evidence is everywhere. Boat loads of emaciated people adrift on the Andaman Sea, begging for water; exhausted refugees staggering out of the surf on Greek islands, having survived the smugglers' boats; desperate families breaking down the barbed wire fence separating Turkey and Syria, to escape the battles being fought a few miles away.
The two events that shook the world in June and early July were the Greek crisis and China's stock market gyrations. Both events were about getting prices right -- the Greek negotiations on whether Greece can sustain such high debt without some debt write-offs and the mainland stock markets finding their own price equilibrium.