Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Earlier this year, the state-run China Daily newspaper published an article in which it asked, “How can China make more friends?” This question is apt, especially since the latest 25-country poll for the BBC World Service shows that opinion of China has dropped to its lowest level since such polling began in 2005. In countries tracked by the BBC, 41 percent of respondents held positive views on China with 39 percent negative.
Vladimir Putin's participation in the first G-8 summit of his new term was supposed to seal his comeback to the global stage as Russia's paramount leader after winning a third presidential term last year.
The victory of a moderate in Iran's presidential election has kindled the hopes of liberals for a return to the “golden years” of reformist president Mohammad Khatami, when Iranians enjoyed more freedoms and Tehran had better relations with the West.
Abdulhamid sells ice cream to passersby at Domiz, Iraq's biggest camp for refugees fleeing violence in Syria, while Sidra reads an Arabic copy of “The Fox and The Crow” in class.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Can a police state exist in a democracy? Edward Snowden says absolutely. The whistle-blower credited for what is dubbed the biggest intelligence leak in a generation has made claims that could make George Orwell's “1984” seem like a children's book. Americans, he insists, are living in a real-life nightmare without knowing it.
The election of the moderate Hassan Rowhani as Iran's new president is a game-changer which could set a new tone and soothe tensions with the West over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, analysts said.
Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi, in severing ties with Damascus, aims to show solidarity with Western and fellow Arab states opposed to Syria's regime and also boost his under-fire image at home, analysts said.
Only a year and a half ago, the world crossed a historic threshold: Global population breached the 7-billion mark. The United Nations named Danica May, born at the Jose Fabella hospital in Manila, as the symbolic 7th-billion baby; there was no lack of other “claimants” around the world, but it was the United Nations which chose to name the baby born to parents Camille and Florante as Human No. 7,000,000,000.
Knowing full well that I would not settle for a rather rigid means of education in France, my quest to learn Chinese — and to locate my true calling in the process — took me to Taiwan nine months ago.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Thucydides was a Greek historian and Athenian general. His History of the Peloponnesian War recounts the fifth century B.C. war between Sparta and Athens to the year 411 B.C. He is known as the father of scientific history, whose Melian Dialogue remains a seminal work of international relations theory still studied at advanced military colleges worldwide.
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