Commentary Topics

Aug 4, 2014

Christian heritage of Japan

by Simon Hull

The government's announcement of its intention to make Christian sites in Nagasaki its official candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status in 2016 spotlights a side of Japanese history that many around the world have little awareness of.

Aug 4, 2014

History wars restarted to hook schoolchildren

by Chandrahas Choudhury

South Asian well-wishers of Indian Prime Minister Nerendra Modi may not be amused to hear that books will be sent to the schoolchildren of Gujarat, describing an "undivided India" that encompasses the nation-states of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Aug 4, 2014

Natural gas is only as 'clean' as its handling

by John Kemp

Shifting to natural gas is at the heart of the U.S. government's proposed new rules for power plant emissions. But gas is only more environmentally friendly if it is produced, transported and burned carefully — without too much leaking into the atmosphere.