Tuesday, September 23, 2014
As world leaders gather at the U.N. this week, the U.S. and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance of the Islamic State group, to end the raging Ebola epidemic and to make progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran. That's likely just fine with Russian President Vladimir Putin, since these issues distract from Russia's presence in neighboring Ukraine.
The Palestinians launch an intensive diplomatic campaign on three fronts this week: tackling internal divisions, resuming truce talks with Israel and making a fresh appeal to the United Nations.
The latest issue of the digital magazine “Dabiq” features glossy photos of smiling militants from the Islamic State (IS) group, mutilated bodies on the battlefield and articles with titles such as, “There is No Life Without Jihad” and “Foley's Blood is on Obama's Hands.”
I am writing to you regarding the AFP's article “Royal slur cases skyrocket post Thai Coup: Amnesty” published in The China Post on 12 September 2014 which provided inaccurate information on the current political situation in Thailand.
South Korea and Japan have recently been moving to build momentum toward repairing their soured relations, with the possibility growing that South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold their first bilateral summit in the months to come.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Shirley Yamaguchi, a popular Japanese singer and actress also known as Toshiko Otaka and Ri Koran, died in Tokyo on Sept. 7. She was 94. Born Toshiko Yamaguchi (山口淑子) in Shenyang, Manchuria in 1920, Shirley made her name first as a singer and then as a film star as Ri Koran (Li Xianglan, 李香蘭), because she was “adopted” as a daughter of her father's Chinese friend Li Jichun (李際春).
> Joe Hung
The 17th Asian Games taking place over this fortnight in Incheon, Republic of Korea seems a friendly affair if the official slogan for the meet, “Diversity Shines Here,” is anything to go by.
Muslim societies are gradually opening up, when it comes to women. The older culture of segregation was based on early marriages, which helped prevent sexual frustration. But economic pressure and evolving social attitudes are rapidly changing that tradition.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
“Identity politics” is how former U.S. President Bill Clinton sums up the continuing powerful drive for independence in Scotland. He describes the growing worldwide phenomenon of identification with an ethnic or other group as a major challenge to international cooperation.
When I read the question that the freshman had written on a small piece of paper and put into my hand three days ago, a news report of last Monday came to mind.