China militaryCommunist China remains passive in pointing the finger at North Korea over the the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan, seemingly giving the benefit of the doubt to the North. If a shooting war flares up on the Korean Peninsula, would China intervene militarily on behalf of the North, as it did in the Korean War?

The drug turf wars claimed another victim on August 18 in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. Reuters reported security forces found the slain body of 38-year-old Edelmiro Cavazos near Monterrey, Mexico’s richest city, dumped on a rural road outside his town of Santiago.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on August 20 that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have been invited to Washington on September 2 to start talks related to the Middle East peace process. Clinton said this will be the first time in 20 months that Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume direct negotiations.

Terrorist attacks, suicide bombings, and ongoing violence are taking place in the Horn of Africa country of Somalia. What makes young Somalis engage in such cruelty, what drives them, and what principles do they stand for?

In the war against drugs, it looks as if the drugs are winning, or at least the drug syndicates are. An August 12 McClatchy news service article commented on the horrific toll of drug violence in Mexico as its government ponders the question, “What to do?”

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