If there ever was an argument for the support of U.S. intervention in Iraq, this is probably the best chance in a long while to mount it.
We seriously question the appropriateness of South Korean President Park Geun-hye's pursuit of unilateral concessions from Japan on the issue of so-called comfort women. This unbending stance should be altered to allow for more flexible diplomacy if an improved Japan-South Korea relationship is to be built.
World leaders gathered at the Belgian industrial city of Liege on Aug. 4 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, following the German invasion then of neutral Belgium.
Sixty-nine years ago from last Friday, I heard Emperor Hirohito's gyokuon hoso (玉音放送), or broadcast, in jade voice. He started to tell all his subjects “Despite the best that has been done by everyone ...” which I understood, and continued to drone on for quite some time. There were only a handful of people in Taiwan who heard the broadcast, although there had been a notice on it on the previous day.
- Joe Hung, 2 Comments
This is the day we renew our pledge of peace and our determination not to engage in war, while also quietly paying tribute to the memory of those who died in World War II.
Cambodia, scene of the killing fields of genocide less than four decades ago, has just completed a major step forward. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is the awkward title of an important United Nations tribunal established to endeavor to bring justice to the mass murderers of the demented Khmer Rouge regime. The regime, in power from 1975 to 1979, killed at least 1.5 million and perhaps over 2 million of their fellow Cambodians.
Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries — China, India, and Indonesia — led by strong, dynamic, and reform-minded leaders.
Despite winning this year's election, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo must await the final and binding decision of Indonesia's Constitutional Court. Still, it is only a matter of time before he is sworn in as the nation's seventh president, most likely at the end of October.
Far from the sputtering conflict, the war of words, and the diplomatic jousting between Russia and the West over the future sovereignty of Ukraine, there's a lucrative business deal unfolding in the French Atlantic port of St. Nazaire. There amid the construction cranes and buzzing machine shops of one of France's largest naval shipbuilders, two new steel grey ships are taking form; both being amphibious assault ships for the Russian navy.
If Asia is to move forward toward greater peace and prosperity, the region must say bye to the politics of both race and religion. How fitting it would be if the latest return visit to Asia by America's top diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of America's first African-American president, also helped push the region, including mainland China, to move beyond stereotypes. This is critical.