Diplomacy http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/18778/all en Who bankrolled Thailand's revolution? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/081209/who-bankrolled-thailands-revolution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A look behind the secretly-financed "yellow shirt" uprising </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Winn </div> </div> </div> <p>BANGKOK, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/thailand">Thailand</a> — As anti-government protesters ground parts of Bangkok to a halt last year, vivid yellow stickers began to appear on noodle carts and shop windows. </p> <p>“Buea Mob,” they read. Bored of the mob.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/081209/who-bankrolled-thailands-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Technology Thailand Thu, 18 Dec 2008 23:51:58 +0000 Patrick Winn 1548 at http://www.globalpost.com South Koreans shrug at news from the north http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/south-korea/081210/south-koreans-shrug-at-news-the-north <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How news of Kim Jong Il plays on South Korean streets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jiyeon Lee </div> </div> </div> <p>SEOUL — Thursday was another confusing day on the Korean peninsula.</p> <p> </p> <p>Has North Korean leader Kim Jong Il named his youngest son to succeed him, as <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/south-korea">South Korea</a>'s Yonhap news agency reported?</p> <p> </p> <p>Would it be his eldest son, as another local report said?</p> <p> </p> <p>The National Intelligence Service, Seoul's top spy agency, could not confirm the reports, according to the Associated Press.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/south-korea/081210/south-koreans-shrug-at-news-the-north" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Diplomacy South Korea Wed, 10 Dec 2008 22:06:32 +0000 Jiyeon Lee 1555 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan's manga man http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/japan/081223/japans-manga-man <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prime Minister Taro Aso loves comics. As for governing effectively? Not so much. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gavin Blair </div> </div> </div> <p>TOKYO, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/japan">Japan</a> — Taro Aso, Japan's embattled prime minister, has managed to cram a horrible year into his first three months in office, raising larger questions among many Japanese as to whether the nation's political system can work effectively.</p> <p> </p> <p>Since Aso assumed leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in September — becoming Japan's seventh prime minister in a decade — he has unleashed a series of verbal gaffes.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/japan/081223/japans-manga-man" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Japan Thu, 08 Jan 2009 04:30:37 +0000 Gavin Blair 4471 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which it Stands: Venezuela http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/081229/which-it-stands-venezuela <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obama's popularity may force Chavez to change his tune </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charlie Devereux </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CARACAS, Venezuela &mdash; In recent months, a new style of coffee has been served in Venezuelan cafes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> They call it an &quot;Obama.&quot; It's black coffee and it's served with a spot of milk. In a lot of places that could be seen as a pretty racist image. But here in a country with a large black and mixed-race population it's meant as a warm tribute to the president-elect&rsquo;s ethnic roots. In Venezuela, Obama&rsquo;s ethnicity makes him instantly more acceptable than any other American president.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/081229/which-it-stands-venezuela" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Diplomacy Venezuela Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:18:49 +0000 Charlie Devereux 4534 at http://www.globalpost.com An education in terror http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/india/081229/education-terror-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The deadly attacks in Mumbai threaten the birth of South Asian University </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shailaja Neelakantan </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/india/081229/education-terror-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Diplomacy India Mon, 26 Jan 2009 13:16:36 +0000 Shailaja Neelakantan 4535 at http://www.globalpost.com Egyptians angry at Israel's Gaza attacks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/081231/egyptians-angry-at-israels-gaza-attacks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Many are also critical of Mubarak's ties with U.S. and Israel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Theodore May </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SHEIKH ZOWAYED, Egypt &mdash; In north Sinai, Egyptians angrily watched a scorching air offensive by the Israeli Air Force against Hamas, that has devastated ordinary Palestinians, in the Gaza strip.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As Israel continued to slam strategic Hamas military positions and the labyrinth of smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, many Egyptians spoke sharply about their government's close cooperation with Israel and the United States. This development must be troubling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/081231/egyptians-angry-at-israels-gaza-attacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Diplomacy Israel and Palestine Middle East Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:48:18 +0000 Theodore May 5442 at http://www.globalpost.com Westward Look, the Land is Bright. http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/america-and-the-world/090101/westward-look-the-land-bright <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; A great platform is being built on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Along Pennsylvania Ave., the bleachers are going up. And in front of the White House the heated, enclosed reviewing stand is nearing completion for the new president of the United States, his aides and the members of his family.</p> <p>The world has changed (9-11, Iraq) and not-so-changed (Gaza) since the day, eight years ago, that George W. Bush took the oath of office. There are high expectations here, now that change has come again.</p> <p>A new administration makes everyone a foreign correspondent, for a time. As Barack Obama takes the oath of office at the Capitol, a small army of packers and movers will drive vans up the curved driveway at the White House, and efficiently remove all traces of the Bush regime from the West Wing.</p> <p>At the State Department, the Pentagon, the CIA and the other big federal agencies, where embedded bureaucracies pride themselves on outlasting administrations, change won't be so stark. But there will be new bosses, and priorities, and internal power struggles to chronicle. &nbsp;</p> <p>I like to hope, as a GlobalPost reporter in Washington, that I will keep the fresh eyes and legs of a newly-landed foreign correspondent, and write as if I&nbsp;were in Moscow, Berlin or New Delhi, consumed with curiousity, and trying to decipher the politics and intrigues of a distant land.</p> <p>For at least a few months, the new faces will help. Hillary at State. Biden as Veep. John Kerry on Foreign Relations. And, of course, Barack Obama &mdash; a mystery still to the country that chose him.</p> <p>By way of introduction: I'm New York-born, and Southern-educated, and trained Out West and in New England. I grew up reading Mailer, Hemingway and Theodore White. And Robert Penn Warren, of course. I've been to every state but North Dakota. I've spent far too much of my life&nbsp; in Iowa, New Hampshire and the back rows of the White House press room. I'm a Jeffersonian in a town of Hamiltonians. And I'm Irish-American, but you probably have figured that out.</p> <p>I have loved, and sometimes loathed, the American political process,&nbsp; but I&nbsp;have never found it less than fascinating &mdash; waiting, as&nbsp; Seamus Heaney would put it, for those too rare instances when hope and history rhyme.</p> <p>Since 1980, when Ronald Reagan moved the inauguration from the eastern plaza to the flip side of the Capitol, American presidents have taken the oath of office facing West, toward our old frontier.&nbsp; It is a fitting shift. Inaugurations are a time of promise, and audacity and hope &mdash; never more, perhaps, than in these grim times, with America at war, its economy lamed, and a new generation taking power.</p> <p>In far bleaker times, as the Nazi bombers marred the English skies, Winston Churchill took to the BBC to rally his people.&nbsp; One night, in April 1941, speaking of his hope that the United States would join in the battle against fascism, he read them a bit of poetry from an obscure English writer&nbsp; by the name of Arthur Hugh Clough.</p> <p>John F. Kennedy idolized Churchill, and liked the verse, and popularized it in America. I'll think of it on Inauguration Day, and hope America meets its promise.&nbsp; It's aged and sentimental, but then so am I.</p> <p><em>&quot;And not by eastern windows only,</em></p> <p><em>When daylight comes, comes in the light,</em></p> <p><em>In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly!</em></p> <p><em>But westward, look, the land is bright.&quot;</em></p> Americas Diplomacy Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5705 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: India http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-india <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Decoding Obama's (increasingly) complex India problem </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Overdorf </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW DELHI &mdash;&nbsp;Like many countries, India was rooting hard for Barack Obama to become America's 44th president. But the enormous challenges that Obama faces in South Asia &mdash; and India's huge expectations &mdash; could make the love affair short-lived.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Since former President Bill Clinton's second term, U.S.-India ties have been growing ever closer. With the nuclear agreement signed in September, the relationship has begun to look like a strategic alliance.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia-Pacific Diplomacy India Pakistan Thu, 08 Jan 2009 22:16:41 +0000 Jason Overdorf 6085 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Canada http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-canada <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The trepidations of living on the American empire's northern flank </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sandro Contenta </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TORONTO&nbsp; &mdash; Every time a new American president is sworn-in, Canadians brace themselves.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The reaction was best explained by a Canadian prime minister, the late Pierre Trudeau, during a speech to a Washington audience four decades ago: &ldquo;Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant; no matter how friendly or even-tempered is the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-canada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Americas Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Canada Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:35:11 +0000 Sandro Contenta 6192 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Worldview http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-worldview <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Opinion: Can Israel change the writing on the wall? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gershom Gorenberg </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JERUSALEM &mdash; The photograph of Barack Obama covered the entire front page of Ha'aretz. He stood with one hand held high, facing what looked like a distant pillar of cloud. Forget comparisons with Abraham Lincoln. This picture said that Obama was Moses, leading the Israelites out of Egypt. The headline &mdash; in English, not Hebrew &mdash; proclaimed, &quot;Yes We Can.&quot; <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-worldview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Diplomacy Iraq Israel and Palestine Middle East Jordan Lebanon Opinion Saudi Arabia Thu, 08 Jan 2009 19:32:45 +0000 Gershom Gorenberg 6411 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which it Stands: Worldview http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090102/which-it-stands-worldview <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not since Wilson has the world had such high expectations for a president. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HDS Greenway </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOSTON &mdash; America: a light unto nations, streets paved with gold, a beacon to the world&rsquo;s tired, its poor, its huddled masses, idealistic, defender of democracy; self-righteous, two-faced, aggressive, and bullying. These concepts jostle with each other for supremacy when people around the world consider what the great republic means to them.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090102/which-it-stands-worldview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Diplomacy Opinion Thu, 08 Jan 2009 18:36:35 +0000 HDS Greenway 6412 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Ireland http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-ireland <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What's Gaelic for "Change?" O'Bama, of course. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Conor O&#039;Clery </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBLIN&nbsp;&mdash; In March 2007 the family history website, ancestry.co.uk, established that Barack Obama&rsquo;s third great-grandfather Fulmuth Kearney was an Irish immigrant who arrived in New York in 1850. His birthplace was identified as Moneygall, a village of two pubs straddling counties Offaly and Tipperary.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always maintained that Obama is an Irish name,&rdquo; President-elect Obama quipped on hearing the news. &ldquo;Just put the apostrophe after the &lsquo;O&rsquo; and we are all set.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-ireland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Diplomacy Europe Ireland Thu, 08 Jan 2009 23:15:53 +0000 Conor O&#039;Clery 6415 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090104/which-it-stands-japan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obama (the city) on Obama (the President-elect), plus the growing strain on U.S.-Japanese relations </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rena Singer </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOKYO&nbsp;&mdash; Five hours southwest by train from Tokyo, Barack Obama's election brought cheers in a conveniently named place:&nbsp;Obama City.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> After all, think of the merchandising possibilities: coffee mugs, T-shirts, maybe even a few more tourists for this sleepy port town of 32,185. Thanks to the president-elect, Obama City suddenly feels as though it's on the map.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> But the rest of Japan has greeted the prospect of a President Barack Obama with more mixed emotions.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090104/which-it-stands-japan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Diplomacy China Japan South Korea Thu, 08 Jan 2009 20:02:18 +0000 Rena Singer 7129 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Worldview http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090104/which-it-stands-worldview <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Opinion: Obama faces a daunting list of foreign policy challenges </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Moran </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW YORK &mdash; Of all the lists drawn up over the past few months &ndash; Barack Obama's cabinet picks, auto industry plant shutdowns, New Year&rsquo;s resolutions and so on &mdash; none will prove as fateful, full of surprises or difficult as the list of international challenges facing the new U.S. administration.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090104/which-it-stands-worldview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Africa Americas Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Europe Iraq China Israel and Palestine Middle East India Opinion Pakistan Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:28:25 +0000 Michael Moran 7245 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which it Stands: NGOs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090104/which-it-stands-ngos <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Despite a self-image as generous, America gives less foreign aid per capita than most wealthy countries </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> William Dowell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA &mdash; America has always thought of itself as a generous country, and it is.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Some Americans are even convinced that the U.S. has been overly generous in carrying the lion&rsquo;s share of the burden in provding development aid to poorer countries, and many wonder whether it can afford to continue to give so much amid the global economic downturn.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090104/which-it-stands-ngos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Americas Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Aid Europe Middle East Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:59:33 +0000 William Dowell 7246 at http://www.globalpost.com