Violence in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, has so far taken dozens of lives as desperate authorities have tried to suppress growing protest demonstrations. The European Union (EU) has mediated a truce among the factions, announced on Feb. 21, which has brought temporary calm and should facilitate early presidential elections.
A damning United Nations report has placed North Korea in hot water. The reclusive regime is, of course, no stranger to unwanted global attention.
“How can we claim we didn't know,” governments and media may soon be asking themselves as stunning new evidence of suffering and widespread human rights violations become glaringly obvious in communist North Korea?
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policy package, dubbed Abenomics, is being put to the test in terms of whether it will achieve stable and sustainable growth.
In 2008, after Ma Ying-jeou was elected president, he halted the political war over sovereignty between Taiwan and mainland China and focused on improving cross-strait relations. Dialogue with the mainland since then has resulted in more than a dozen agreements, primarily on economic issues.
In a time, like today, of rapid power shifts, the world's heavyweights are no longer occupying themselves with the usual strategic ambivalence — their mantra over the past three decades. Such a mindset was the right attitude to have in the past, but somehow this non-committal behavior is no longer the norm. Friends and foes alike want to make sure they are on the right side. It's time to speak out.
In a park in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale sits a life-size statue of a Korean woman, next to an empty chair. It has been in place since last July, to commemorate World War II “comfort women,” or sex slaves to Japanese soldiers, many of them Korean.
Newly minted Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe faces not only the gargantuan task of getting the Japanese capital ready to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. But he is also likely to be busy fending off allegations against him, ranging from abuse of public funds to discrimination against women.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rules six of the 22 cities and counties of Taiwan.
- Joe Hung
Less than two months ago, Arvind Kejriwal rode Delhi's Metro to his own swearing-in as the city's Chief Minister after winning one of the most stunning election debuts as a newcomer to Indian politics.