The Pakistani Taliban attack of a school in Peshawar which claimed the lives of at least 141 students and teachers has been roundly condemned around the world. The carnage is heinous enough that even the Afghan Taliban have denounced it.
The precipitous and sustained drop in oil prices and the unwillingness of the OPEC countries to cut down oil production to stem that fall has led to a spirited debate in the region on the possible reasons for the price drop.
Global stock markets are experiencing a bumpy ride. Investor confidence is shaken. Analysts largely blame falling oil prices — which have hit five-year lows at US$ 62 a barrel due to a glut in the market, combined with reduced demand from countries undergoing a reduction in growth.
In late 2011, the Obama administration with great fanfare announced its intention to “pivot” (subsequently characterized as a “rebalance”) to Asia as a foreign-policy and national-security priority.
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American and European officials continue to express concerns over Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s apparent drift away from the West.
As shocking as this may sound, the evidence is piling-up that Britain is under the sway of Islamist organisations to the detriment of its friends in the Middle East. Until 2010, it played host to Al-Muhajiroon, which has now morphed under several different names.
In one of its final acts, the Netanyahu government proposed a new bill aimed at recognizing Israel’s Jewish character, acknowledging Jewish law as a source for legislation and no longer recognizing Arabic as the second official language.
In November 2014, President Obama accepted India’s invitation to be the chief guest at its Republic Day celebrations. He will be the first American president to do so.
The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has proposed a plan for a temporary truce between the Syrian government and opposition forces. The leaked plan foresees the cessation of violence for a period of up to two years, but leaves the question of Bashar al-Assad still unresolved.