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Commentary / World Dec 6, 2010

The price of WikiLeaks gossip and 'secrets'

SINGAPORE — The latest information dump from WikiLeaks offers fascinating insights into the workings of the U.S. State Department that will keep foreign policy wonks and conspiracy theorists busy for months. Much of what has been reported is not "news" in the traditional sense, ...

Editorials Jun 9, 2010

New prime minister's lineup

New Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced the lineup of the Democratic Party of Japan's party leadership and the Cabinet. The lineup clearly shows his thinking: Give a fresh image to the party and Cabinet and win back people's trust by diluting the influence ...

Commentary / World Mar 4, 2010

Pragmatic Asia can bolster global stability

DAVOS, Switzerland — Is there an "Asian way" for resolving global challenges? The conventional answer is no. But elements of an Asian way are gradually emerging. Given Asia's growing influence, the world should pay attention — and may have much to gain. The key to ...