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  1. No nation should be exempt from justice

    Posted Jun 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The latest consequence of the prison abuse scandal in Iraq is an unexpected setback for the United States. But the Bush administration is in no position to complain. For the past two years, US troops on United Nations peacekeeping missions have enjoyed a privileged status- immunity from international war crimes prosecutions. In order to secure an extension of this immunity, ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    No one nation, whether America or China, can rule Asia

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 12:00am by SIMON TAY

    ... China. Addressing the fundamental issue of accommodating a rising China must wait for another occasion. Asian nations like the Philippines and Vietnam have welcomed the US rebalancing, given ... in time, lead the region, but not that it will rule. One model for that kind of leadership has evolved in the region. In the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the public emphasis ...

  3. Asia must play role in East Timor's future

    Posted Jun 06th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... attention. Under a United Nations mandate, foreign peacekeepers were sent in and for the next 21/2 years, the world body took charge. With the granting of nationhood in 2002 came the scaling back ... East Timor is in an isolated part of Asia, but that is no reason for the region to forget that the young nation exists. With political and ethnic turmoil and gang violence threatening ...

  4. Bush will share Iraq burden, to a point

    Posted Oct 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... administration has no desire to cede control of Iraq's reconstruction to the United Nations, observers believe. With the task of rebuilding Iraq straining American financial and military resources, ... by the carefully worded language in the document, analysts in Washington said yesterday. They agreed the Bush administration still had no intention of allowing the United Nations anything more than ...

  5. A friendlier superpower

    Posted Aug 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... The civil war gripping the nation does not affect American national interests or security. Liberians, the United Nations and former colonial rulers in West Africa, Britain and France, have been ... United States President George W. Bush's administration is mellowing. In recent months, it has increasingly shown it is willing to listen to and learn from other countries. ...

  6. Promises on IMF chief must be kept

    Posted May 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and World Bank to give developing nations a chance to play a bigger role in world affairs. To not honour the pledge risks further damaging the West's credibility among China, India, Brazil ... There is every reason why this should happen. Developing nations now play a crucial role in the global economy. The old world order can no longer hold absolute sway. It is unfair and illogical. German ...

  7. Unite now to plan post-Assad future

    Posted Aug 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... that he will end the bloodshed against his own people. With the nation's growing ethnic and sectarian instability threatening to spill across borders, convincing the leader to go into exile ... a foothold, and some outsiders believe they have infiltrated the rebels, muddying already turbulent waters. The possibility of a national crisis going regional is high and growing. A bomb blast ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asia must resist pull of nationalism

    Posted Aug 25th 2012, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty fears the dangerous escalation of tensions over territorial rows in regional seas Asian leaders must resist the pull of nationalism to seek practical solutions The recent ... from Tokyo, in 1895 in the case of Senkaku/Diaoyu and 1905 for Takeshima/Dokdo. As Emeritus Professor Peter Drysdale of the Australian National University notes, neither territory "was ...

  9. A nation desperate to absolve itself of blame

    Posted Apr 25th 2007, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Koreans are constantly saying that the incident was isolated and not representative of the country, while on another, they are wondering if foreigners will ever believe them. The national sense of shame goes to the heart of the homogeneous but fractured nature of Korean society. South Korea is deeply divided along regional, economic, class, political and religious lines, but united ...

  10. Course opens new Korea path

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... and democratisation,' she says. 'Its government has placed a lot of emphasis on education, nation building and supporting cultural industries. Korea's international profile has increased significantly with Ban Ki-moon's appointment to the position of secretary-general of the United Nations and the country's participation in international peace-keeping efforts and other UN bodies ...




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