Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a visit with his mother Yoko to the grave of Nobusuke Kishi at Fuji Cemetery at Oyama in Shizuoka on Jan. 11. Yoko Abe is the only daughter of Kishi, the prime minister from 1957 to 1960 whose death wish was to amend Japan's pacifist constitution, which General Douglas A. MacArthur imposed on postwar Japan.
When China raised the minimum salaries for Xi Jinping and the country's civil service personnel, as reported on Jan. 20, it was revamping some surprisingly low wages for public servants in the world's most populous country, from the very lowest rungs to the country's president.
The prisoner's dilemma is one that shows why two purely “rational” individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing that double-bind, and it's getting tighter.
A man has recently taken the political scene of a nation in turmoil by storm. Riding on a wave of populist discontent, the straight-talking man upended the political reality, winning in a historic election.
A video showing a masked man standing over two kneeling hostages in orange jumpsuits appeared on social media Tuesday.
Fareed Zakaria, senior U.S. news anchor and commentator on geopolitics, published a piece in the Washington Post on Jan. 15, urging and reminding readers of the futility of military intervention as the antidote to raging cauldrons in a Middle East beset by strife.
Back on newsstands Wednesday, Charlie Hebdo was no longer available in minutes across the French capital city, something never seen before for the satirical weekly. All outlets were also out of stock in the morning nationwide as the French flocked early to try to get their copy, much to the discontent of diehard opponents including al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Cherif Kouachi, who along with his brother Said killed 12 in a terrorist attack at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's offices, once told investigators that he counted Farid Benyettou as his mentor in jihadism. Yet after completing his jail time for a terrorist offense, Benyettou apparently turned away from radicalism and received training as a nurse. The hospital Benyettou works for treated the causalities of the Kouachis' rampage. After the attack took place, Benyettou offered to help the police.
Freedom of speech is at the forefront of global debate after the tragedy of the slain cartoonists, editors, police, workers and others at the office of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. Another gunman related to the Charlie Hebdo attack took hostages at a Kosher supermarket due to his professed anti-Semitism. That hostage situation also ended with the loss of lives.
A screwball comedy triggers hacker-released revelations of celebrity gossip, gender inequality among the 1-percent top earners, and an ugly power struggle between Tinsel Town big shots that in turn leads to terror threats, international espionage accusations, geopolitical triangulation involving the world's most secretive nation and outcry against damage to the sacred freedom of speech.