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Bloody, murderous terrorist attacks in Indonesia in mid-May have provided the Islamic State with another opportunity to claim victory. Meanwhile, May elections in Malaysia have brought an important transition in national government and a benchmark on the road to stable representative democracy. Naturally, the first news topic has received vastly more media attention.
William Shakespeare reverberates continuously from the 16th century in Tudor England to our own time.
The newest member of the Royal Family of Britain, excuse me that should be the United Kingdom, arrived April 23 in good form. The baby boy weights eight pounds, seven ounces (that is 3.8 kilograms in Continental Euroweight).
Meanwhile, in news barely recorded by the world media, the House of Lords in the United Kingdom has handed a major setback to the tortured efforts of the government to withdraw from the European Union (EU). On April 18, the senior house of Parliament voted to demand that the government negotiate a customs union with the EU as part of departure, known as Brexit.
This year brings a number of important anniversaries, especially half-century benchmarks from one of the most eventful, unpredictable and violent periods in American history. This includes our military experiences. One of the earluest and most important is the fiftieth anniversary of the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive.
A “turning point” toward peace is how South Korea’s Defense Minister Song Young-moo describes the Winter Olympics, which his country is hosting. In a major breakthrough, North Korea is sending a team to the games. Teams form both North and South Korea will march together in the opening ceremonies.