MOSCOW -- The number of Russians now living below the poverty line is increasing in tandem with the number of Russian air strikes in Syria. Moscow is financing its military buildup and operations through cuts to the already woefully underfunded sectors of education, health care and infrastructure.
Jobs that involve people skills but don't require prolonged educations should rise in status. Perhaps the cafes of the future will feature highly paid waiters serving lattes to impoverished lawyers.
I greet claims that the TPP will boost American growth and jobs with a healthy dose of skepticism. We already trade pretty freely with most of these countries, and tariffs are low enough already that taking them down further will yield marginal, non-measurable gains.
What is in my heart since this morning is that this is completely unacceptable. How can this happen? What is the benefit of this? Destroying a hospital and so many lives, for nothing. I cannot find words for this.
The America that I grew up in is one that also raised refugee children. It wasn't always easy to embrace foreigners -- and traumatized ones at that -- and it took a monetary investment, but from a distance of 40 years, we can clearly see how that investment paid off multifold. It is not only the distress of refugees that must capture our hearts, but the potential of resettlement that should engage our minds.
"What will we Palestinians do? Even if we survive, we can't go back to our land. You know our history. And we no longer have a home to return to here either. It's better to go to a different country," Laila said.
The argument that sanctions explain the nuclear deal completely disregards that it was the peaceful pro-democracy movement of the Iranian people and their vote during the 2013 presidential elections that created the main opening that led to the breakthrough in the nuclear negotiations.
For U.S. policymakers who seek to advance more sensible U.S. policies in the region, understanding Iran's positions is critical. Relying on delusions about Iranian policies and aims, as well as about American ones, is not only ineffective, but wholly counterproductive.
Variously perceived as a clown, an entertainer and a fascist, Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky provided a platform of fantasies, crude sexual references and vituperative ultra-nationalism. He turned ignorance into a virtue and shockingly offensive jingoism into a selling point. Does this sound familiar? Look out. These people can win for real.
TOKYO -- The greatest threat to Japan's security at the moment is not China or North Korea, it is the nation's public debt, which has surpassed one quadrillion yen ($10.46 trillion).
BEIJING -- During his visit, Xi repeatedly mentioned cybersecurity and the digital economy. His remarks on one hand indicated that taking advantage of information technologies to facilitate economic transformation, improving the government's governance capabilities and making information technologies benefit people are the Chinese government's firm priorities; on the other hand, they conveyed the Chinese leadership's idea that "national security is out of the question without cybersecurity."
It's an easy answer and wholly unsatisfactory. Democratic America is what it chooses to be, but the issue is so aged, politicized and now polarized that banning guns is not only impossible, it would likely do little to stop the type of bloodshed witnessed last week in Roseburg.
VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile -- Chile seeks to encourage voluntary governmental and institutional commitments that we believe will generate a virtuous circle -- leading to further progress at future conferences.
Times are hard in today's Russia. At some point, Russians will expect their powerful leader to deliver better times at home. To delay that day of judgment a little longer, Putin needs victories -- particularly those that burnish Russia's image as a world power. Once again, he's getting them. For now, he's on a roll -- and an international force to be reckoned with.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin has imposed on the United States, Europe, and the Arab nations a fait accompli, which they have no choice but to accept. Yet at the same time, Putin might have just backed himself into a corner.
ROME -- Understanding the culture and history of a host country enables one to be accepted and heard there. Thus, Pope Francis could raise as gently as possible some of the most debated issues in the U.S. while still ending his speech in Congress with a standing ovation.
The Vienna nuclear agreement between Iran and the West was a major milestone for the geostrategic future of the Middle East, but it was also a breath of fresh air for Iranian civil society. There is now the possibility of Iranian civil society playing a different and more constructive role in the future of Iranian politics.
From the sheer number of politicians now distancing themselves from the chancellor, one can conclude that they see at hand the fall of Merkel rather than a new rise.