Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Ukraine crisis has shifted Poland's campaign for next month's European elections, boosting the governing center-right party's chances as its prime minister reassures voters nervous about Russia's next move.
The global financial crash of 2008 not only diminished the savings of workers nearing retirement, but it also altered mindsets about the work cycle.
Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled U.S. President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.
While many people insist that cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, a similar case can be made for water. There are very few commercial ventures, if any, that can go on for long without a reliable water supply.
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces a court hearing this week that could bar her from office, a move that would be in line with the aims of recent anti-government protests, but that would plunge the country into uncharted waters.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Two years after the United States, the European Union and Japan filed a complaint in the World Trade Organization against China's export restrictions on rare earths, the WTO issued a Panel report last month which determined that the Chinese actions were inconsistent with the world body's trading rules.
Japanese consumers are nursing their bruised wallets after the country hiked its sales tax from 5 percent to 8 percent on April 1, but they are not the only ones.
In quick succession in one week, the United States sent a series of clear messages to China that it is firmly committed to protect the Philippines and Japan in their territorial disputes with Beijing.
April 8 marked the end of Microsoft's support to Windows XP. After releasing its last two official patches, Microsoft stopped patching security holes in its 12-year-old operating system. This leaves Windows XP users open to cyber attacks, which will neither be investigated nor fixed.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Next Monday the senior officials from ASEAN and China will be meeting in Pattaya, following their meeting last September at Suzhou, China where they kicked off official consultation on the process of formulating codes of conduct (CoC) for the South China Sea. It was a turning point, as China expressed readiness to engage ASEAN on this sensitive issue. Last month, their officials at the working level met in Singapore to review the progress and prepare recommendations for the Pattaya meeting, which will also meet back-to-back to discuss overall ASEAN-China relations.