While we still do not know the fate of the Malaysian Airlines 777 that vanished between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, we do know that both governments and airlines have been increasingly lax about checking for stolen passports. At least two of the passports used to board the MH flight were stolen. Britain’s The Independent reports that more than one billion air journeys were taken last year without passports being checked against Interpol’s data base of stolen documents.
Recently President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama to discuss the unsolved Tibetan issue. Kerry Brown of the University of Sydney China Studies Centre offers some suggestions on how to solve the issue.
The Guardian describes how Nigeria has fallen into a state of war as an Islamist insurgency rages.