Sunday, January 25, 2015
Just the other morning I read of someone trying to do two things at the same time, and winding up making a big mess of everything. It was a guy, I remember, and he was driving a car and, now, what was he trying to do while driving that car? I forget. I know it was a man, not a woman.
While U.S. President Barack Obama's Jan. 20 State of the Union address garnered much greater media attention, the joint press conference the previous week with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron was revealing — and perhaps more important.
With Saturday's uncontested election, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu is set to succeed President Ma Ying-jeou as the next chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT). Shouldering the heavy burden of reforming his party after its humiliating electoral defeat last November, Mr. Chu has called for amending the constitution to adopt a parliamentary system.
As France's prime minister kicks off a new plan to fix troubled schools and restive suburbs, the people he's trying to help are more skeptical than hopeful. They've heard these promises before.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Proclaiming an end to the American economic recession and declaring that “the shadow of crisis is past,” U.S. President Barack Obama addressed a skeptical Republican-controlled Congress in the annual State of the Union Address. Yet the same speech offered a fuzzy view of key foreign policy challenges and, more importantly, no plan on solving other vital concerns.
Sex (or controversy) sells. Couple it with Pakistan, and you have got a big story.
Alexander the Great cut the Gordian Knot after hearing an oracle promise that whoever could undo it would be the next ruler of Asia.
Friday, January 23, 2015
A man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman's public beheading. Two females are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter in support of women driving.
Japan's hostage crisis is a stark reminder that Tokyo's deep pockets and alliance with the U.S. make it a target for Islamist militants, analysts say, even if the nation considers itself far removed from Middle Eastern conflicts.
Whenever some NGO protests that Muslims in Malaysia are “under threat” from minorities who don't hold the levers of power in this country (the latest one being that K-pop is a “Kristian” conspiracy to undermine Islam), one wonders what the “silent majority” can do?