As Beijing bids to lay a wireless network in South Korea—a country that stations thousands of U.S. troops—two senators have voiced concerns that the the system could be used to spy.
Only days before Vice President Joe Biden’s tour of east Asia this week, two influential Democratic senators quietly asked the Obama administration to evaluate the intelligence risks posed to the United States by a proposed telecom deal in South Korea.The deal would allow Chinese telecom giant Huawei to help build a broadband network for South Korea. While U.S. senators usually pay attention to business dealings closer to home, the prospect of Huawei equipment embedded inside South Korea’s new telecom network was enough to raise the concerns of Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chairwoman Dianne Feinstein.
Why doesn’t popular Pope Francis issue a straightforward apology for rampant child sex abuse by Catholic priests, instead of swerving time and again on the issue?
There is no question that Pope Francis has put a shine on the tarnished Catholic church through acts of humility and courage in the first eight months of his papacy. Cold calls to Catholics and random acts of kindness—including rumors that he regularly sneaks out of Vatican City at night to help feed the poor in Rome—have endeared him to the most ardent naysayers. But the first Latin American pontiff hasn’t won everyone over quite yet. Advocates of the clerical child sex scandal say the pope still has done little to address the church’s disgraceful record on child abuse.
What do Thailand’s anti-government protesters have in common with Ann Coulter and the birthers? Turns out, quite a lot.
Anti-government demonstrators took to Bangkok’s streets 10 days ago, ostensibly to protest Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s bid to push through an amnesty bill that would cancel corruption charges against her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, and allow him to come home. Ousted in a September 2006 coup, Thaksin has been in exile for years. The bill easily passed the lower House, angering and galvanizing a legion of Thaksin haters. The Senate, however, rejected the law and the government dropped efforts to pass it.
By ignoring the issue of human rights during nuclear negotiations, the U.S. is giving the regime a free hand to continue its brutal repression of dissidents.
Human rights are the biggest victim of the Iranian nuclear deal announced last week. In the name of nuclear cooperation, the West has abandoned the issue of human rights inside Iran. It is no wonder so many democracy activists have a hard time trusting America. Just as occurred with the Libyan nuclear deal, Iran’s cooperation on its nuclear program means that the free world will loosen pressure on a brutal regime. While the nuclear issue is important, it cannot be allowed to trump human rights.
Ukraine is seething with its biggest protests since the 2004 uprising, and protesters say they aren’t going home until President Viktor Yanukovych resigns.
A strong wind blew along Kiev’s streets Monday night, as if nature, too, were joining in to support the public outrage and political chaos in Ukraine over the past few days. Even those who never went to opposition protests turned out in force after police used tear gas and stun grenades against peaceful demonstrators on Saturday. By Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people had flooded Kiev’s main arteries, according to some estimates. Crowds stormed City Hall to set up a temporary “revolutionary headquarters,” and still occupied the building Monday.
In a meeting at the Vatican, Netanyahu and the pontiff talk Syria and Iran and Francis gets a book on the Spanish Inquisition.
After more than a few false starts, Benjamin Netanyahu finally got his private audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Monday. The Israeli prime minister had tried unsuccessfully to meet Francis in October when he was in Rome to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, but the Vatican said it could not arrange such an audience on short notice. The pope did hold an audience with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas the same month.
When it comes to curbing Iran’s nuclear program, hawks seem to think harsher penalties will do the trick. Here’s why they’re wrong.
If there’s one thing hawks know about Iran’s leaders, it’s that they only understand force.“When it comes to Iran,” declared Benjamin Netanyahu in October, “the greater the pressure, the greater the chance” of stopping an Iranian nuke. “As one of the architects of the sanctions regime we've had on Iran,” argued New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez this weekend, “this is exactly the process that has brought Iran to the negotiating table.” And thus, Menendez added, Congress should pass new sanctions, to go into effect in six months if Iran doesn’t agree to America’s terms in a final deal.
Pakistan has a new, pro-Western army chief, but don’t expect its military to become less controlling and paranoid.
Pakistan has a new army chief. Judging by the media coverage, one might as well think that a middle-sized kingdom has just changed its monarch. General Raheel Sharif, we are told, is a professional soldier with little interest in politics. His predecessor, General Ashfaq Kayani, commanded the world’s sixth largest army for six years and did not take power in a military coup. Kayani had broken from the tradition of General Pervez Musharraf, the commander before him, who staged a coup in 1999 and went on to rule for almost a decade.
British diving heartthrob Tom Daley shocked fans by declaring he is in a relationship with another man. Will the bisexual revelation dent his reputation as a national treasure?
One of Britain’s most popular sportsmen announced in a YouTube video on Monday that he was in a relationship with another man. Tom Daley, 19, a world diving champion, said his life had been turned upside down by a romance that began in the spring. The Olympic medalist posted the video on Twitter, where he has almost 2.5 million followers. “Got something I need to say... not been an easy decision to make, hope you can support me!” he wrote. The diver, now one of professional sport’s few openly gay athletes, became a star in Britain at the age of 13 when he won the men’s national diving championships.
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.