Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was brought down as it flew over territory in eastern Ukraine controlled by separatist militia on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur last Thursday. All 289 crew and passengers aboard were killed.
If a court had a track record of only prosecuting people of one color or one religion, there would be predictable and justifiable outrage. The International Criminal Court (ICC), the international institution set up specifically for the prosecution of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes, is under pressure from African nations furious at justifiably perceived bias against Africa.
A Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down Thursday by an anti-aircraft missile purportedly fired by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The deaths of the 298 people on the plane are an outrage of unspeakable proportions, and it is time to call for a credible international investigation into the tragedy and urge Russia, which supplies separatists with a steady flow of support, including heavy weapons, training and antiaircraft systems, to cooperate.
On Saturday, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Michael Fuchs called on the parties in South China Sea territorial disputes to agree to a 'voluntary freeze' on provocative behavior. Fuchs appealed for a concrete development of principles laid out in the 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DoC) signed between China and ASEAN.
After years of ups and downs, a superpower has finally come to terms with its decline. Even as it was challenged and caught off guard in the past, the world generally never questioned the New World nation's global superiority, putting it in a league of its own. Its people regarded their nation as the best there has ever been. Yet on one recent summer day, the myth came to the most abrupt end imaginable.
It happens during so many World Cups to so many soccer fans in this part of the world. While keen on following the matches, the punishing hours of tournaments that are often several time zones away have forced many Asian viewers to skip live broadcasts. Unable or unwilling to give up precious sleep to get real-time action, they wait half a day to get their fix by watching recorded matches.
By the time you read this, the four-year wait will finally be over for tens of millions of soccer fans worldwide with the 2014 World Cup kicking off to great fanfare in Brazil.
2014/6/14, 2 Comments
Hundreds of World War II veterans in their late 80s and early 90s traveled to Omaha Beach, France on Friday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, often called the longest day in history. On June 6, 1944, after five years of war with Germany, an Allied force composed of 150,000 soldiers, 18,000 paratroopers, 11,000 planes, an armada of 4,400 watercraft and 1,500 tanks headed toward the beaches of Normandy and started an attack that lasted for 11 months and took them all the way to the German capital, Berlin.
The 20th Freedom Day was celebrated recently with great enthusiasm by South Africans who paid tribute to all those who sacrificed their lives to gain freedom. April 27 marked the inauguration of the country's first democratically elected president at the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1994.
Phuntso Wangye, a longtime Tibetan communist who was part of the annexation of Tibet by the Chinese communist government last century, died 10 days ago at age 91. With a lifelong participation in the Chinese government and having been imprisoned for 18 years for speaking out on behalf of minority rights, Phuntso called at the end of his life for speedy reconciliation with the exiled Dalai Lama.