North Korean purge, Australian spanking and Canadian mail

  • 13 December 2013
A South Korean watches television coverage of the execution of Chang Song-Thaek.
Image caption Sic transit gloria mundi

A round-up of commentary on and around the world...

North Korea

Nation sliding into chaos - or not

Kim Jong Un's old-school purge

The North Korean 'mafia state'

Central African Republic

Time for US intervention

Australia

Should UN force Australia to ban spanking children?

Russia

Gay Rights and Putin's Olympics

Syria

Free Syrian Army: Change strategy or face failure

Saudi Arabia

Why is Saudi Arabia stocking up on anti-tank missiles?

Canada

We've got mail - but not for long

Ukraine

Will the Ukraine become another Egypt?

Dominican Republic

Children of illegal immigrants are denied citizenship

China

Are the Senkakus worth a war?

One more thing…

Round doorknobs are a looming threat