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Ever wonder just how much lies on the shoulders of those hardworking translators whispering between two world leaders, struggling to make sure they understand one another’s weighty words? One wrong phrase, and, oops, you’ve caused an international incident.

Forty years ago, Darwin Judge, 19, and Charles McMahon, 21, were killed in a rocket attack in Saigon, Vietnam. They were the last two Americans killed in action in the Vietnam War. Only four decades have passed since the U.S. Government last considered Southeast Asia such a critical region that nearly 60,000 American troops died endeavoring to stop communism from spreading to this part of the world. Yet today, the U.S. Government hardly recognizes the latent threats—and potential—that Southeast Asia possesses.

British voters are revolting. Next month’s general election is likely to deliver the coup de grâce to a two-party political system that has existed for almost a century. Why Britons are so disenchanted with their political class is a matter of much debate, but sublimated beneath it is a single, general annoyance: Britain’s party leaders are just too young.

The Swiss are the happiest people on the planet. That was the conclusion of the most recent UN World Happiness Report. Just weeks ago, however, Gallup released a report suggesting something very different—that the happiest people in the world are Latin Americans. Which one is right?

In front of a collection of sticks, torn plastic sheeting, and broken pieces of harvester zinc held together by taut rope and shiny nails, 63-year-old Francis Selee stands stoic like a statue.

Categorizing countries has been a recurrent phenomenon since the creation of the major international organizations after 1945, in particular regarding their economic situation. The term “emerging countries” is one of the latest additions to a long list.

On 20 March, I met Ilya V. Ponomarev at a Starbucks near Federal Triangle metro station for coffee. It was a gloomy day but thankfully neither of us was caught in the rain. Ponomarev, just coming from a slew of meetings, did not order anything. He came in alone and looked like his picture, tall, blue eyes, and bearded. This is true save for the weariness from days meeting with business people and entrepreneurs.

Last week, a coalition of 10 Islamic countries launched a military operation against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen who are fighting to oust Yemen's Sunni president Abd Raboo Hadi. The coalition’s air strikes, which targeted military installations in the Capital city of Sanaa and other Shiite strongholds, were hailed by key governments including the U.S. and the UK, whereas harshly condemned by other governments such as Iran and Syria.

What Putin is doing is not new in the geo political world.  There is a word for it: “revanche.”   A policy of revanche is designed to recover lost territory and reverse territorial losses incurred by a country.  It is an age-old attempt to grab land under the hubris of patriotism.

Take a trip down the western border of Lebanon and you’ll find a blatant contradiction along the shores of the Mediterranean. Huddled within new high rises and developments lay the ruins of ancient Tyre, a Phoenician port city over four thousand years old. One of the cradles of civilization, Tyre boasts a myriad of contributions to the world, including long-distance navigation, the spread of the Phoenician (and later Greek) alphabets, and the royal hues of its rich purple dyes. With such an important site, preserving millennia of historical and cultural significance has become a cause drawing worldwide attention.

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