Monday, December 9, 2013
South Korean President Park Geun-hye proposed on Nov. 14 that Northeast Asian countries work together to write history textbooks for their young students, as Germany has done with France and Poland in the past. She made the proposal at a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy. In particular, she hopes South Korea, China and Japan would write a joint history textbook. She didn't mention Taiwan and North Korea, though.
> Joe Hung
Barring uncharacteristically swift work by Congress, more than a million victims of the recession will lose long-term unemployment benefits over the holidays, the price of milk could shoot up in late winter and government payments might fall sharply for doctors who treat Medicare patients.
A U.N. deal on forest protection will attract more government funding to help poorer nations, but could fail to prevent a slump in the fledgling market for carbon credits from projects that cut emissions by slowing deforestation.
The mass protests against the rule of President Viktor Yanukovych rocking Ukraine risk exacerbating an already serious economic crisis and causing a crash in the value of its currency, analysts said.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Taiwan has in many ways done so much in recent years to become more sensitive to human rights. It boggles the mind then, as a co-signer of international human rights covenants with clauses that condemn hate speech, that our country has no law per se against the public posting of certain sorts of words.
The international agreement to restrain Iran's nuclear program has generated anxiety in Israel, and elsewhere. Middle East uncertainty underscores the growing importance of Turkey, a democracy with strong ties to both Iran and the West.
No answer to the future of Asian finance can be complete without some understanding of where the future of global finance is going. Even more important, can we predict the future of the Asian real sector?
The United States has strenuously objected to China's new air zone over islands managed by Japan, but experts say its best hope is to contain rather than end tensions.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Situated geographically between two blocs, divided culturally and religiously between two civilizations and now placed in the political conundrum of choosing between East and West, Ukraine is again the object the competing interests. And amid the political and gravitational pull of the two sides are the swirling clouds of Ukraine's tumultuous 20th century history.
Canada is expected to file an application with the United Nations on Friday seeking to vastly expand its Arctic sea boundary, setting it on a collision course with Russia and Denmark.