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Saturday, August 1, 2015
In a callous but not unexpected move to block an international inquiry on the fate of Malaysian Flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine just a year ago, Russia has vetoed a resolution which would have set up a tribunal to investigate the disaster which killed 298 civilians. The Malaysian civilian airliner, a Boeing 777, was shot down by a Russian supplied BUK missile allegedly fired by Russian-backed separatists fighting the Ukraine government. Moscow blames the Ukrainians for the disaster.
If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran's development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them.
The Wall Street Journal recently discussed Taiwan's energy needs and criticized Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen for her "fanciful visions" to replace nuclear power with expensive and unreliable renewables.
It is a pitiable reflection on Indian "thinking" that only when the hangman's noose beckons does the debate on the propriety, or impropriety, of capital punishment attract the requisite intensity of focus.
Friday, July 31, 2015
News has surfaced that the four major parties in Nepal have whittled down the suggestions received on the draft of the constitution to seven major points, which includes citizenship.
Life. Be in it. That's a slogan I remember from my childhood in the U.S.
Japan has been grappling with a severe butter shortage that critics say highlights a bigger problem with the country's protected agricultural sector, a key sticking point in high-profile trade talks this week in Hawaii.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke attended a May 25 economic forum in Taipei sponsored by Taiwan's Business Weekly magazine. Bernanke engineered the three rounds of quantitative easing (QE) policies and was the first former Fed chairman to visit the country.
A few days ago, I met a renowned expert on Chinese, Japanese and Korean relations. He was genuinely concerned about recent radical developments in East Asia: increasing Chinese and American rivalry as the former engages in territorial disputes; the sudden upswing of the right wing in Japan, and her alliance with America; and the conflicts between South Korea and Japan over Dokdo island and the atrocities the latter committed during the colonial period.
Turkey's dramatic air campaign against the Islamic State and Kurdish forces has created a bit of a conundrum for U.S. President Barack Obama, who is leading the fight against one of Turkey's targets while relying heavily on the other target.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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