Monday, March 9, 2015
It was enough even for the normally unflappable European Union President Donald Tusk to start losing his cool. He stuttered and staggered his sentences, as he assessed what Russian President Vladimir Putin was doing to the EU's brittle sense of unity.
Inside a remote island prison in Indonesia, two Australians facing death by firing squad await word of their fate. To some, they are ruthless drug smugglers who deserve to die. To others, rehabilitated do-gooders who deserve to live. The question of which characterization is correct has threatened ties between two once-close countries, both convinced they are right., 1 Comment
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Readers' responses to my columns are interesting to me, and are always a push for deeper reflection. I am grateful for the words several critics have recently posted under my name in the commentary section of The China Post. I want to share some of those words here today.
Drug-related crimes in Indonesia have entered an emergency phase, threatening the nation's resilience. According to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, everyday the crimes claim the lives of 40 to 50 Indonesian citizens, causing their families to grieve and experience agony. Can, therefore, capital punishment be imposed against drug offenders?
The gangland style murder of Boris Nemtsov starkly demonstrates the considerable distance still separating Russia from stable and reliable rule of law.
The EU's talks with Cuba this week on normalizing ties set up a potential rivalry with the United States as businesses on both sides of the Atlantic eye the island's post-thaw potential.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Amid a near unquenchable thirst for natural resources, a desire to develop new trading partners and an opportunity to press for political influence in a vast region increasingly ignored by the United States, the People's Republic of China is forging ahead to develop closer ties with Latin America.
One by one, the Mexican government is taking down the country's most notorious drug cartel capos, leaving very few recognizable names on the most wanted list.
Divided into rival armed factions, plagued by drug trafficking and at the mercy of jihadism, northern Mali will only find peace through reconciliation among its warring tribes, experts say.
Hillary Rodham Clinton says that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around.