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PBS News Hour (April 15)

2018/ 04/ 17 by jd in Global News

President Trump is now “trying to confront a dilemma that haunted his predecessor, Barack Obama. Syria’s seven-year civil war presents few fast or easy solutions for the U.S., yet the geopolitical rivalries at play, the presence of the Islamic State group and other extremists, and the atrocities perpetrated by the Assad government make the situation impossible to ignore.”


Wall Street Journal (August 16)

2015/ 08/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Some Japanese complain, with justification, that no apology would satisfy critics in China and South Korea who have their own nationalist axes to grind. But reasonable foreigners—including Americans—find it hard to credit Japan’s apologies as sincere when school textbooks whitewash atrocities…. We and other friends of Japan share Mr. Abe’s desire to see it become a normal nation not shackled by its past, not least so it can be trusted to stand with other democracies against potential Chinese aggression. Mr. Abe would bring that goal closer if he took his own advice and faced history squarely.”


Wall Street Journal (November 20)

2014/ 11/ 21 by jd in Global News

“The United Nations rarely leads on human rights, so the General Assembly deserves credit for condemning North Korea on Tuesday. Its Human Rights Committee voted to endorse a report on the North’s abuses issued in February. That report uncovered stomach-turning evidence of atrocities, much of it based on eyewitness testimony.”


New York Times (February 26, 2014)

2014/ 02/ 26 by jd in Global News

Recent cross-border family reunions “reinforced the stark differences: South Korea is an economic powerhouse and democracy; North Korea is the most totalitarian and isolated state on earth. That reality is unlikely to change soon, but when it does, North Korean leaders must be brought to justice” for the atrocities recently disclosed by a special commission of the United Nations.


Wall Street Journal (April 27, 2013)

2013/ 04/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Who started World War II? We thought that one belonged to the Department of Settled Questions, along with any lingering doubts about whether the Earth orbits the sun. But Japan’s Shinzo Abe has a fresh, er, interpretation.” The Prime Minister’s latest revisionism threatens to further enflame tensions, already running high, in Asia. “Much of the world long ago forgave Japan its wartime atrocities. But it hasn’t forgotten them…. Mr. Abe’s disgraceful remark will make his country no more friends abroad.”