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Sunday, November 8, 2015
Two years ago, a woman student in her junior year in my department disappeared.
Just as Indian Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul haven't understood how the opening up of the economy has changed attitudes towards feudalism, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), too, has been largely ignorant of the social realities of an economically transformed country although it is now slowly shedding its blinkers.
It's about returning democracy to a nation held hostage to more than a half-century of military rule. It's about hope for a better life for millions of desperately poor people. It's about being fully embraced by the international community.
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif's trip to Saudi Arabia and meetings with the very apex of the leadership of that country have yielded a set of official details that emphasized the need for continuing security and counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries.
November brings Veterans Day in the U.S., and also this year the 50th anniversary of the major battle in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam involving the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division. Casualty rates on both sides made this one of the costliest battles of that long war, and ironically reinforced the strategies of both Hanoi and Washington.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
The human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains grim and dire despite a number of diplomatic breakthroughs and an overall thaw in relations between the Tehran regime and the West. ....
At this stage, there is no hard evidence. But reports from the U.S. and Britain suggesting an Islamic State group bomb may have caused the Russian plane crash in Egypt are raising the alarm among experts, who say such an act would be a frightening change in tactics by the extremist group.
Americans elect a new president one year from Sunday, with the names Clinton, Trump, Carson and Bush at the fore. The race is wide open, with Democrats seeking a historic treble and Republicans suffering an identity crisis.
Promoting human rights abroad has become a lower priority for Britain as it seeks to boost trade, campaigners have complained, following visits by the leaders of mainland China, Egypt and Kazakhstan in recent days.
Friday, November 6, 2015
There is a common complaint that there are more summits between regional leaders in East Asia than in any other part of the world, usually with few outcomes and little reward. Even so, the one that took place on Monday between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye is highly significant.
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