In February, the United States mounted one of its proxy 'colour' coups against the elected government of Ukraine; the shock troops were fascists.
Collective self-defense is a loosely defined phrase, and this is deliberate. The Japanese government wants to keep any definition abstract and open for interpretation.
One useful way of thinking about the party in power in Beijing, for example, is to consider it akin to some of Australia's more controversial unions, say, the CFMEU or HSU.
The urgent concern for his country is that the recent annexation of the Crimean peninsula may within days be followed by an invasion of the remainder of their country by Russia.
This is the atmosphere that leads us up to 25 May presidential elections in Ukraine, which will be shaped by metamorphosing relations with Russia - and by energy.
Kerry needs to come clean and put all the drafts of his framework agreement and the objections raised by Israel and the PLO into the public arena.
The visits will grow in importance as the forlorn memory of the joint effort to democratise Afghanistan recedes.
The prime minister is concentrating on growth at the G20, but without equity, growth will lag.
There is one significant attribute wanting from this analysis of required qualities and skills and that is moral courage – moral fibre.
Putin claimed that since the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq the US had lacked moral authority, while the EU would be unable to manage another financial crisis.
Redrawing Jordan’s international boundary with Israel to restore the status quo existing before the outbreak of the 1967 Six Day War provides a realistically achievable alternative to the doomed Israel-PLO negotiations.
My reply to him after reading the story was: 'Al Shabaab would probably demand the girl be killed as she now carries an infidel’s organ in her body.'