The Japanese Communist Party scored historic gains in December's parliamentary elections, and most strikingly in Okinawa.
But it is spurring worries of another misguided U.S. military undertaking, escalating war and chaos, with the people of the region bearing the brunt.
Troops of the government of President Victor Poroshenko push closer to Lubansk and Donetsk, and casualties rise in disaffected Eastern Ukraine.
When politicians vacation and little action is expected, the words German journalists use for this is "Saure-Gurken-Zeit" or "sour pickle time."
Some 7,000 Israelis protested the war in Gaza under the banner: "No more deaths - Israeli-Palestinian peace, now," the largest protest against the Israeli military operation in Gaza thus far.
People with their own agendas push their versions of who is to blame, there is a shooting war between military forces and local militias, and half a million refugees have crossed into Russia.
A steady blare of horns honking greeted dozens of demonstrators holding signs aloft opposing U.S. military action in Syria at a Chicago neighborhood vigil Sept. 9.