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[David Ignatius] Swinging for the fences

WASHINGTON ― The nadir for President Obama’s foreign policy was probably last April. His Republican critics were calling him “weak” and “indecisive” after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. A deflate...

Updated : 2014.12.21 20:00

Putin talks tough but wants a deal

The picture Russian President Vladimir Putin painted of his country at Thursday’s annual press conference was Panglossian: Unemployment low, industrial production and the trade surplus up, more people having babies ― what could be better? As for the crashing ruble and oil price, these th...

Updated : 2014.12.21 19:57

Thanking Bangladesh

NEW DELHI ― This month, India’s parliament took the first step toward a potentially momentous decision: to settle a boundary dispute with Bangladesh that dates back to the 1947 partition of the subcontinent. An agreement in this area would provide a major boost to the already warm bilate...

Updated : 2014.12.21 19:56

Gender selection in a brave new world

Jayne and Jon Cornwill, an Australian couple, recently came to America with a bit of trouble.The trouble? Boys.They have three little boys, and three rambunctious boys were quite enough for the Cornwills, thank you. What the Cornwills wanted was a little girl.But all they got were boys. An...

Updated : 2014.12.21 19:55

[Christian C. Sahner] The Arab world’s vanishing Christians

PRINCETON, New Jersey ― This Christmas, like every Christmas, thousands of pilgrims and tourists will travel to the Middle East to celebrate the holiday in the land of the Bible. In Bethlehem, the bi...

Updated : 2014.12.21 19:55

[Robert Reich] The coin of the realm

A few years ago, hedge fund Level Global Investors made $54 million selling Dell Inc. stock based on insider information provided by a Dell employee. When charged with insider trading, Level Global In...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:36

Obama’s winning streak with Cuba

Never before has a president experienced as severe an election drubbing as Barack Obama did in November and followed it with such a politically triumphant six weeks.Obama scored his latest coup Wednesday by announcing that the U.S. and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and excha...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:35

The horror of Peshawar massacre

The world seems full of crises and disasters: from political stasis and racial standoffs in Europe and the U.S., to the classic conflicts of capitalism in “emerging” economies (inequality, weakening states, authoritarianism), to tribal conflicts and sectarian uprisings in the Middle East...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:41

[Kim Kyung-ho] Our regressive future generation

A 13-year-old boy murdered his aunt, who was in her 50s, at their home in a provincial city early this month, angered by her admonishment that he spent too much time playing online games. She had take...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:40

Financing infrastructure

The Indonesian government’s recent decision to join the China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank will increase the sources of financing for the $100 billion investment needed for its ambitious infrastructure programs within the next five years.The AIIB, with an initial equity capital...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:37

Corrupted system

In the end, the initially shocking jacuzzi, wide-screen TV sets, split-type air-conditioning units, music studio with sophisticated equipment, luxury watches and footwear, even the life-size sex doll, found in the quarters of drug convicts in the national penitentiary boil down to this: Th...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:37

What makes Bangladesh proud in December?

On Nov. 11, 1970, the coastal region of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) was devastated by one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in recorded history with the loss of over 500,000 human lives.A BBC reporter visited a remote island in the affected region seven days after the devastation. He ...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:37

[Frank Ching] In race for top, odds favor Tsai

The rout of the Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang, in Taiwan by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party in local elections on Nov. 29 changed Taiwan’s political landscape overnight, making the DPP...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:37

[David Ignatius] A ‘reset’ of U.S.-China ties?

BEIJING ― This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a rising power and a domin...

Updated : 2014.12.17 20:41

Asia isn’t ready for a China crash

As China’s first full year of rebalancing draws to close, how has President Xi Jinping done? Reasonably well, it seems. Growth appears to be moderating gently, stocks continue to soar and most economists still foresee a soft landing rather than market-shaking meltdown for the world’s sec...

Updated : 2014.12.17 20:39