The phrase "the secret to happiness" sounds so beguiling that we've a right to be skeptical about it. People may say there is such a secret, and they know what it is, but most of us probably shake our heads in wonder. We doubt anyone can tell us a secret such as that.
The Obama administration tends to confuse rhetoric with accomplishment, and nowhere is this more apparent than in regard to the Middle East. "The Obama Doctrine" has been employed since Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign to sum up foreign policy strategy. However, there is no strategy, only a general declaration of international good citizenship and cooperation.
In a stirring and substantive foreign policy address, Senator Marco Rubio (Republican, Florida) presented his presidential vision for a new America. Calling for transformative leadership in the 21st century, the Republican primary hopeful spoke passionately about the need for a reinvigorated American policy posture at a time when as he said, "Foreign affairs never mattered more."
If the scandalous exclusion of women from the recent polling in Lower Dir does not lead to enforcement of their right to vote, nothing else will, as this case clinches the argument for long-delayed reform.
Over the centuries, millions have made the perilous journey from South Asia across the Bay of Bengal to Southeast Asia in search of trade, employment and a better life -- sometimes voluntarily, sometimes driven or forced by circumstances.
In its own commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Tokyo should acknowledge that its years of denial have added to its historical guilt. Forgetting is bad enough as, without collective remembrance, history itself would not exist. But denying reopens the festering wound. That hurts.
Russia's hard-line stance of showing off its military might and indicating its readiness to allow the prolongation of its confrontation with the United States and European countries was conspicuous.
With barely eight months to go before Taiwan holds its next general election, at which both a new president and the entire parliament will be chosen, much hung in the balance as the chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), Eric Chu, met in Beijing last week with his Communist party counterpart, Xi Jinping, who is both party general secretary and state president.
North Korea leveled up its military threat by claiming Saturday it had successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. Kim Jong Un, the North's young leader, watched the missile "soar into the sky from underwater," Pyongyang's state media reported without specifying the exact date and location of the test-fire.
Is the Trans Pacific Partnership about to be concluded, or will it be put into deep freeze instead?