Should Egypt and Israel open their sealed borders to civilians seeking temporary flight from the violence of conflict? This question came to mind as I saw the appalling destruction wrought on Gaza since fighting erupted in earnest a month ago.
Admiral Samuel Locklear, who heads the US Pacific Command, appears to have been somewhat disingenuous with a critical piece of his recent testimony before the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
As China and the Philippines get set to square off in The Hague next month over competing maritime jurisdictional claims, an independent legal expert has cast doubt over Manila's case.
Four top China analysts testifying this month before a key US congressional subcommittee were clear in their response to a straightforward question on whether Washington has a strategy for dealing with China's rise. No, each said in turn, there is no strategy.
China's controversial declaration of an air defence identification zone is particularly ill-timed, given that Japan is expected to release before the end of the year a new revision of its core defence policy, the National Defence Programme Guidelines.