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[Daniel W. Drezner] The system is working

MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS ― As the latest G-20 meeting of finance ministers starts in Cairns, Australia, the Legion of Gloom is at it again. Their conventional wisdom is that “the system” ― global go...

Updated : 2014.09.19 21:02

How many can U.S. protect against persecution?

There is no question that Aminta Cifuentes’ marriage was not just bad but a threat to her life. Her husband beat her regularly. He burned her breast with caustic paint thinner. He raped her. When police were called, the officers refused to intervene; then, he threatened to kill her if she...

Updated : 2014.09.19 21:01

[Rachel Marsden] Has WWIII already begun?

While recently commemorating the World War I centenary at an Italian military cemetery, Pope Francis declared: “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a t...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:15

Bad loans could bust China

The risk of what Nobel laureate Paul Krugman calls “Japanification” ― a semipermanent economic funk ― has haunted China for at least a couple of years now. Last week a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report again asked, “Will China Repeat Japan’s Experience?”Let’s dispense with the s...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:15

[Bunn Nagara] Tide of hope with limited perils in East Asia

The old Chinese description of experiencing a perilous phase as “living in interesting times” is familiar enough.So is the expectation that doing so opens up new possibilities. Both apply particular...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:14

Japan ‘conveniently’ neglects to remember its aggressive past

Eighty-three years ago on Sept. 18, a Japanese Kwangtung Army lieutenant placed dynamite at a small section of Liutiaohu on the South Manchurian Railroad, which was owned and operated by the Japanese, to create a conflagration for which the Chinese would be blamed, thus creating an excuse ...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:11

Should Pakistani entertainment cater to India?

I was once approached by a producer for making a movie.The prevailing notion was that we need to make something that sells well in India. The producers were willing to go to any lengths to ensure that outcome; from hiring Indian actors to outsourcing key production tasks. This got me think...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:11

Did Hamas win this summer’s Gaza conflict?

GAZA CITY ― This summer’s 51-day war on Gaza left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, over 11,000 injured, and vast areas of devastation that will take years to rebuild. After the third Israeli war on Gaza in less than six years, many Palestinians are questioning the purpose of continuing...

Updated : 2014.09.17 20:48

[David Ignatius] U.S. boots already on ground

WASHINGTON ― Here’s a national security riddle: How can President Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State without formally v...

Updated : 2014.09.17 20:48

Obama takes a more hawkish America to battle

By the time U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to the nation Wednesday night, the morning of Thursday, Sept. 11, had dawned in more than half of the world. Listening to this president say, “We cannot erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to...

Updated : 2014.09.17 20:47

[Kim Myong-sik] Why not raise soju prices after cigarette hike?

Korean smokers will probably have to pay 4,500 won for a pack of 20 cigarettes from the beginning of 2015, or a little less if a political compromise takes place. A pack will cost roughly the same as ...

Updated : 2014.09.17 20:47

Farewell to the iPod as Apple rings the changes

Quietly, even stealthily, Apple last week brought about that moment that many of its most loyal followers dreaded would happen: It killed off the iPod.Oh, the name lives on for now, attached to a suite of weird late-generation devices ― the Shuffle, the Nano, the Touch ― but when the App...

Updated : 2014.09.17 20:47

[Robert J. Fouser] National talk on immigration

On Sept. 3, 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to recover lost popularity. After a landslide victory in the 2012 general election, Abe quickly moved to reduce the...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:44

Hirohito key to understanding Japan’s past

NEW YORK ― The completion by Japan’s Imperial Household Agency of the 61-volume record of the life of Emperor Hirohito (1901-1989) has generated much interest and attention in Japan. The entire formidable work was recently opened to limited public viewing, with a plan to publish it over ...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:44

[Kim Seong-kon] Nightmares in dreamland: Korea in 2020

Last night, I had a troubled sleep, tossing and turning, having one nightmare after another. In my dream I found myself in 2020 on the unified Korean Peninsula. I was overjoyed because the long-cheris...

Updated : 2014.09.16 20:44