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.
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.
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.
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.
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When the Ukraine crisis erupted one year ago this week, most governments dismissed it as an obscure dispute in a far-away country, of short duration and no lasting consequences.
I recently decided to trim my Facebook friends list. I was foolish enough before to approve almost all friend requests that came my way without any sort of filtering process.
So Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party, is running for president again in 2016. She did once in 2012, and was defeated by President Ma Ying-jeou.
- Joe Hung
The vast swath of nine countries bordering the southern reaches of the Sahara desert are marked by poverty, drought and chronic instability.
“I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.”
Over the last 35 years, China has gone through great changes. This period of change presented major challenges to the Communist Party's ideology. Many challenges were dealt with through redefinition and ambiguity. For example, Deng Xiaoping adroitly redefined “workers” to include intellectuals, arguing that while they worked with their minds and not their muscles, they were still workers.