And here's the saddest thing: the Bush administration's most extreme ideas when it comes to Global War On Terror are now the humdrum norm of Obama administration policies -- and hardly anyone thinks it's worth a comment.
China is modernizing its navy, but is it really about to build a network of overseas bases?
The United States wants to negotiate with the Taliban from a position of strength. But reining in Afghan government corruption, not applying ever more military pressure, is the key to gaining a strong hand.
Saudi Arabia has played the lead role in countering the Arab Spring, but Saudi women are gaining momentum in their own campaign for driving rights.
Robots were a major force in the automation drive that made Japan the most competitive nation in manufacturing in the 1980s. That glory seems to have faded in recent decades, and Japanese robotics are no exception.
What's needed to break the prolonged impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is sustained international involvement to broker a real solution -- over the parties' heads if necessary.
Gaza is for resilience, writes the poet, Gaza is for people thicker than stone.
Understanding the politics of Iran's technological development should serve as a check on the unwarranted paranoia that Iran's scientific achievements have generated in the West.
Lady Gaga recently went to Japan to help out the victims of the earthquake. But did she send out all the right messages?
A proposed naval base on the South Korean island of Jeju has encountered fierce resistance from the residents.