Sunday, August 2, 2015
Turkey has shifted significantly in the war against ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria), and is now striking the enemy directly and permitting the United States-led coalition to use air bases. On July 28, an emergency North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting was held in Brussels, at Turkey's request. Alliance solidarity was reconfirmed.
The era of social networking continues to bring us irrefutable proof that the pen is mightier than the sword -- and more so now than at any other stage of history.
In death, Mullah Omar has proved to be as controversial as he was in life.
After 10 years of negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a regional trade deal among 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, is still yet to be signed.
Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has once again sounded the alarm on mainland China's continuing activities in the West Philippine Sea.
As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II draws closer, international pressure is mounting on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his stance on the country's wartime wrongdoings. This rightful pressure should be kept up until he comes to his senses and does what he ought to do.
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.