U.S. President Barack Obama's launch of air attacks against the Islamic State (IS), an extremist terrorist group that took over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq, is the beginning of another test of commitment by the U.S. in a region where it has turned in a record of disastrous involvement. Mistakes that were made back then cannot be unmade.
2014/8/12, 2 Comments
An urgent humanitarian crisis involving more than 1,000 dead, many more starving children, destroyed life savings and a lack of basic living amenities such as water and electricity are overwhelming the people of Gaza. Beyond this round of killings, there must be a serious and sustained effort to address the livelihood needs of the Gaza Strip. This includes making sure that prevention of a new round of hostilities 10 months, a year, two years from now is the highest strategic goal.
Over the last weekend, the summer blockbuster “Transformers: Age of Extinction” became the first film to take over US$300 million in mainland China. Michael Bay's action-packed robot warfare movie surpassed James Cameron's space fantasy “Avatar” as the highest grossing production in China.
2014/8/2, 1 Comment
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