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September 11, 2018
A Firm and Resolute Chinese Hero
The award-winning documentary film “Letter from Masanjia” tells the true story of the extraordinary courage and hope of ...
September 1, 2018
Riyadh Overreacts to Canadian Stand on Women’s Rights
Among almost 200 independent nations across the world, there are probably few more different in their national characters ...
August 12, 2018
Media Key to Good Governance, but Press Freedom Diminishing Worldwide
Independent media are essential to good democratic governance. Adolf Hitler’s minister of armaments, Albert Speer, upon his release ...
July 30, 2018
Chinese and Russian Regimes Vs. Democracies and the Rule of Law
Despite similar totalitarian rule following 1949 under Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin, China and Russia for various reasons ...
July 15, 2018
Summit an Opportunity For Trump to Convince Putin to Break With Imperial Past
President Donald Trump meets Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland—a venue famed for hosting ...
July 1, 2018
American-Canadian Economic Interdependence
Our nations share the world’s longest secure border; approximately 400,000 persons and goods and services worth about US$1.7 ...
June 18, 2018
Singapore and a Safer World
The Singapore summit, attended by about 3000 international journalists, followed decades of an uneasy stability maintained in Asia ...
June 4, 2018
Italians and the European Project
On June 1, a populist government took over in Rome, capping a political drama that sent European financial ...
May 24, 2018
All Eyes Still on Korean Peninsula
Three generations of Kims have believed that nuclear weapons would ensure their Stalinist monarchy’s survival. Although successive U.S. ...
May 7, 2018
Macron Gains Stature With Visit to Washington
During his recent visit to Washington, President Emmanuel Macron of France impressed Democrats and a number of Republicans ...
April 23, 2018
US Should Embrace Japan–India Alliance and TPP
Japan’s Shinzo Abe was the first foreign leader to meet president-elect Donald Trump face-to-face after the 2016 American ...
April 9, 2018
Reforming Saudi Arabia
Over one and a half billion Muslims—Sufis, Sunnis, and Shias, and their offshoots, the Ahmadiyyas, Alawites, Bahais, and ...
March 26, 2018
Human Rights Threatened in Today’s Turkey
For almost a century, Turkey has been an internationally-admired Muslim-majority democracy. Under its World War 1 hero and ...
March 12, 2018
Confronting Gun Violence in the US
A headline about America’s ongoing gun crisis shows “1,624 mass shootings in 1,870 days”—a pattern unparalleled anywhere else ...
February 26, 2018
Defending Europe by Arming Ukraine Defensively
The rebirth of an independent Ukraine in 1991 was a major development in the post-Berlin Wall world. Dictators ...
January 30, 2018
The Challenges Faced by Democracies Today
In 1989 as the Berlin Wall crumbled, totalitarianism, as devised by Lenin for Russia in 1917, appeared to ...
January 15, 2018
Europe, and the World, Need Merkel in Office
A woman of indomitable spirit and Europe’s most consistently stable leader, Angela Merkel was recently named ‘the world’s ...
January 3, 2018
North America, Japan, India, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Negotiating a free trade agreement with an increasingly totalitarian and plutocratic party-state in China, which treats its Tibetan, ...
December 19, 2017
Trade, China, and Consequences
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concluded a visit to China recently, but it failed to launch anticipated negotiations ...
December 5, 2017
Reversing Zimbabwe’s Nightmare
During virtually all of Robert Mugabe’s 37-years as Zimbabwe’s despot, the nation was, with North Korea and post-1979 ...
November 21, 2017
Lebanon Squeezed Between Saudi Arabia and Iran
Simmering tension between the governments of tiny Lebanon (pop. 6m), the most religiously diverse country in the Middle ...
November 8, 2017
Catalonia One of Many Regions Seeking Self-Determination
The post-colonial right of all peoples to self-determination and sovereignty is a key principle of contemporary international law ...
Thinking About China
October 24, 2017
Communism Today in China
By the mid-20th century, many thought Soviet communism might replace democracy as the dominant political ideology worldwide. Today, mercifully, ...
October 10, 2017
The Kurds Have Made the Case for Kurdistan
With a scattered population of 28-35 million, indigenous Kurds are one of the largest ethno-cultural communities in the ...
September 26, 2017
Democracy Under Gunpoint in Burma
Following decades of oppression, on Aug. 25, insurgents of the Muslim Rohingya minority attacked Myanmar police at 30 ...
September 12, 2017
Merkel, the ‘Indispensable European’, Leads in Re-election Bid
Angela Merkel's re-election as Germany's chancellor for the fourth time on September 24 is important for Germans, Europeans, ...
August 29, 2017
Racism Persists and Revives Around the World
In recent decades, racism was considered by many to be in sharp decline across the world, partly because ...
Chinese 5G Telecommunications Equipment Rejected in India, South Korea
The next generation of wireless mobile communications technology—known as 5G—is considered key to revolutionizing many different industries: transportation, ...
Trump Orders Extensive Declassification of Russia Investigation Documents
President Donald Trump issued an order on Sept. 17 for the immediate declassification of three series of documents ...
Taiwan and Latin America Are Under Siege by Beijing’s Manipulated News
In China, media is heavily censored and published articles must toe the party line, and fake news pieces ...
Warning Signs Hint at Dangers of Chinese Investment in Ukraine
Ukraine and China have increased partnerships in recent years, as the former is badly in need of cash ...