Wednesday, August 5, 2015
After so much pain, Greece must now figure out how to get its economy back on its feet. The scale of the country's financial problems is mind boggling -- a full quarter of the economy evaporated in the past six years and business activity is now plummeting further. Government cuts needed to qualify for a new bailout will hurt incomes for years to come.
"Frenemy" is English slang for a person who pretends to be a friend but takes hostile actions. It is made by blending "friend" and "enemy."
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was dignified in his response to the annual U.S. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report last week when he said Thailand needed to solve its own problems rather than blaming the United States for keeping the country relegated to Tier 3, its most damning rating.
Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Kenya, his father's birthplace, for the first time since becoming president in 2009. Also on his itinerary was Ethiopia. It was the first time for a serving American president to visit either country.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
"Deeply saddened, frustrated and disappointed" is how British ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft described last week's events in the United Nations Security Council.
It's been a very long race, but the finishing line is now fast approaching.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are both taking a big gamble as they agree to work together against the Islamic State group militants in Syria.
The IOC has chosen Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Aside from Education Minister Wu Se-hwa, a polarizing figure standing at the center of the recent controversy on how the nation's past will be taught is doubtful that the current fracas will be resolved.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Historiography refers to both the study of the methodology of historians and development of history as a discipline, and also to a body of historical work on a particular subject. Few laymen know what it is. The methodology is guided by the dictum of Leopold von Rranke, a founder of modern source-based history. Historians have to write "wie es eigentliche gewesen."
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