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After attending mainland China's high-profile military parade on Sept. 3, South Korean President Park Geun-hye is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and is due to hold summit talks with United States President Barack Obama on Oct. 16.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a press conference last Friday at the end of the current Diet session to tout the enactment of the two laws to exercise Japan's right of collective defense as a step for the country to contribute to world peace. He defended the security bills aimed at expanding the role of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces overseas, saying the security laws were not "war legislation" as labeled by some critics but were paving the way to prevent the outbreak of wars.
Sometime back, I had to travel to and from the eastern part of Nepal and my experience was not at all pleasant. I had to go to Dhankuta from Kathmandu for some work.
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"An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth," is a useful starting place for discussion of the influence of Pope Francis during his historic visit to the Americas. To modern readers, the Biblical quote (Exodus 21:24) may seem cruel and brutal, but the Old Testament sentiment actually meant revolutionary progress.
History doesn't get much more ironic than this.
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Both Pope Francis and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jingping are visiting the United States at the same time. Two men whose paths will nearly intersect, both not touch, in New York at the United Nations are each leaders of 1.2 billion people; the pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and comrade Xi Jinping, the People's Republic of China. Pope Francis arrived amid White House pomp and circumstance ceremonies rather improbably in a tiny black Fiat. Xi goes around in black limos as one would expect.
While the public outcry and spontaneous acts of solidarity toward refugees in Europe appear very moving, the hard work lies in ensuring that refugees have access to education and vocational skills training, because this is in the best interests of everyone.
The Pakistan military's deepening involvement in state affairs and public expectations could lead to a slippery path.
The way Islam and American Muslims have been treated in the current U.S. presidential race is deeply disturbing. Opinions nurtured and policies formulated in the run-up to the election just over a year from now are bound to have a far-reaching impact both within the United States and across the world.
Gender ministries tend to be underfunded and lack the influence and weight of larger and stronger ministries, such as foreign affairs or treasury functions. This is where we intend to learn from history -- and change it.
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