Abe ready for full-on military drive

| Mar 27, 2014

Abe ready for full-on military drive

by Ayako Mie

With the launch next Monday of a special intraparty panel directly under his lead, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party are ready to kick off their full-fledged drive to reinterpret the Constitution to allow Japan to help defend its allies. ...

Anti-Islamist fervor prompts harsh Egypt court sentences

| Mar 26, 2014

Anti-Islamist fervor prompts harsh Egypt court sentences

Egypt’s judiciary is rife with judges who are harsh opponents of Islamists, and they are operating amid a media frenzy demanding swift and harsh verdicts against the Muslim Brotherhood. The result, judicial experts say, is this week’s stunning verdict sentencing hundreds of suspected Islamists ...

Russia, its tycoons take sanctions hit

| Mar 21, 2014

Russia, its tycoons take sanctions hit

Russia’s most powerful businessmen waited for over an hour Thursday to hear from President Vladimir Putin, whose decision to annex the Crimean Peninsula has cost their companies hundreds of millions of dollars in market value. When Putin finally showed up, he spoke to them ...

What if the missing Malaysia plane is never found?

| Mar 19, 2014

What if the missing Malaysia plane is never found?

The plane must be somewhere. But the same can be said for Amelia Earhart’s. Ten days after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people aboard, an exhaustive international search has produced no sign of the Boeing 777, raising an unsettling question: What if ...