Saturday, August 30, 2014
The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.
Friday, August 29, 2014
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is again touched by scandal with Chief Christine Lagarde's being charged in a French graft case, three years after predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned in disgrace.
In speech on National Heroes Day last Monday, Philippine President Aquino lambasted his critics for “becoming desperate” in their opposition to his campaign for good governance.
As the U.S. Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old African-American in Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.
Israel and Palestinians both boasted of victory in the Gaza war but analysts say Hamas received only promises while the conflict aggravated divisions in the Israeli leadership.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
U.S. spy agencies face a difficult task in tracking Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria, as Washington lacks a robust network of informants and faces threats to its drone fleet, experts and former officials say.
Premier Narendra Modi has put a pledge to give bank accounts to all Indians on a war footing, but experts say taking banking to rural areas where many people have no identity papers will be a huge challenge.
Turkey's new premier and outgoing foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaves his successor a troubled legacy after a bold policy to expand Turkish influence across the ex-Ottoman empire left the country painfully exposed to the Syria and Iraq crises.
Oprah Winfrey has done it. So has Bill Gates. And Lady Gaga, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lopez, David Beckham, Joan Rivers, Justin Bieber (who did it twice) ... the list goes on and on.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The 110th anniversary of the birth of Deng Xiaoping on Aug. 22 has brought forth a flood of articles and speeches on the late reformer, including a 48-part miniseries on his launching of economic reforms, reversing Chairman Mao Zedong's focus on class struggle and political campaigns.