Thursday, August 21, 2014
Under a photo of U.S. President Barack Obama carried by demonstrators in a town rocked by racially charged protests, the appeal to America's first black president is loud and clear: “Please come now.”
During the election campaign Prime Minister Narendra Modi was asked by a TV interviewer whether he would hold talks with Pakistan amid continuing terror attacks. Modi said that one cannot talk under the sound of gunfire. Recently on a visit to Kashmir the PM told a gathering that Pakistan was conducting a proxy war through cross border terrorism. Despite this the government initiated moves for talks between foreign secretaries slated for Aug. 25.
Syria and the United States find themselves on the same side of the battle against Islamic State jihadists, but a common enemy is unlikely to mean direct cooperation.
Sharp differences on historical issues that have strained relations between Japan and South Korea require Tokyo to face up to its abusive wartime past and for Seoul to be less preoccupied with it, U.S. experts and former officials say.
A sprawling market floor in Guangzhou was once a prime location for shark fin, one of China's most expensive delicacies. But now it lies deserted, thanks to a ban from official banquet tables and a celebrity-driven ad campaign.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Spurred by China's economic success in Africa, the United States this month held its first-ever summit with the leaders of the continent. Presidents and prime ministers streamed into Washington for three days of discussions with President Barack Obama and participation in the first U.S.-Africa business forum with business leaders.
Pope Francis' five-day visit to Korea was a pastoral visit aimed at tending to Catholics here and, more broadly, throughout Asia.
Contrary to opinions being voiced in Thailand, democracy has not been patented by the West. Our intellectual elite should stop spreading the false idea that “Western-style democracy” does not fit Thai society.
As the White House telephone rang at 3 a.m., an announcer solemnly declared that “your vote will decide who answers that phone” and whether that will be “someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.”
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The debate over whether an elected president should appoint politicians as Cabinet members as part of a power-sharing mechanism or appoint professionals instead to restore the presidential system of government has never subsided.