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Playing the Game of Thrones in the South China Sea

A system of alliances emerges to counter China in the South China Sea.

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How China Would Handle North Korea's Meltdown

China leaks its plans for dealing with North Korean officials and refugees if the regime implodes.

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Obama Promises to Protect Japanese Territory

President Obama will have to be at the top of his diplomatic game on his trip to Asia, and he’s made a good start. In a recent speech, he reassured Japan that the U.S. would protect its territory, and China didn’t get too annoyed in response.

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Australia Gets Dragged into Comfort Women Furor

A suburb of Sydney is the latest farflung city to be dragged into the debate over the legacy of the “comfort women,” girls and women who were forced into sex slavery by the Japanese military during WWII.

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Japan Won't Retract Comfort Women Apology

“We have no intention to rethink the Kono Statement,” the Japanese government announced yesterday. Some of the more fiery right-wingers in Tokyo will be disappointed.

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Japan: There Never Were Any "Comfort Women"

A Japanese government-appointed council of experts will review the country’s landmark apology to “comfort women”—those whom the Imperial army forced into sex slavery during World War II. This will definitely go well.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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