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December, 6, 2016

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President-elect Donald Trump threatened in a series of early-morning tweets Sunday to punish American companies that move plants and jobs to other countries.
 
Hatred against Muslims, particularly Rohingyas, has been smoldering in Myanmar since the country obtained its independence from Britain in 1948.
 
Nawaz Sharif must be upset that his "fantastic" phone call with Donald Trump has already been overshadowed by the latter's next diplomatic gaffe -- the president-elect's phone call with the Taiwanese president, which has left Beijing enraged.
 
People take their news very seriously these days, so seriously that it has helped breed fake news websites. The other factor that led to the proliferation of such websites was advertising income generously given by the big cyberspace players like Google and Facebook.
 
One popular satiric quip about dispensing justice in Taiwan: The rich get off scot-free, the poor get the death sentence (有錢判生,無錢判死). It's a succinct way to say that the rich defendant in court is always acquitted, while the poor man or woman who is indicted is sentenced to death.
 
When South Korea's Park Geun-hye looks back on the scandal-fueled implosion of her presidency, she may reflect ruefully on what lit the first fuse -- a parent pulling strings over a child's education.
 
He phones. He kibitzes. He cajoles. He threatens. He rewards.
 
Let's stop blaming Donald Trump for our misogynistic world. Even without him, there are plenty of men in leadership positions who think women are just fair game.
 
Two Trumps surfacing
Donald Trump's skeptics hope the presidency will reveal a serious side of the brash businessman. His supporters want him to keep the freewheeling style that rattled Washington.
 
First of all, let me frankly admit that I lack all credibility as a TV or movie critic. Although I immensely enjoy reading drama (paying special attention to its value as literature), I am unfamiliar with efforts of actors here in Taiwan.
 
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