Monday, March 10, 2014
In 1999, when Chen Shui-bian was all set to run for president, his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) issued a national defense policy white paper. Recently, so did Su Tseng-chang, DPP chairman and eager to seek Taiwan's highest public office in 2016. He called his defense building master plan a blue paper. It is the fifth in a series of party blue papers, and the best researched and written one.
> Joe Hung
In Fukuyama city, Hiroshima prefecture, stands the Holocaust Education Center, the only such facility in this region and a place where Japanese children can find out about Jewish teenage war diarist Anne Frank.
Healthcare services have collapsed in the northern part of Nigeria's Borno state as doctors, nurses and pharmacists flee for their lives from brutal violence unleashed by Islamist Boko Haram militants.
A decade since the deadly al-Qaida-inspired train bombings in Madrid, Spain stands on alert against growing numbers of Islamist “lone wolves” willing to launch fresh attacks, officials say.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
As we contemplate the recent shot in the foot that the government of the People's Republic of China gave itself, it is useful to remember how the scourge of prejudice appears in nearly every culture under the sun.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has a positive relationship with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and the Ukraine crisis makes that more important. Merkel, who speaks Russian, has telephoned Putin at least three times in recent days. Putin is not Adolf Hitler, but in other dimensions Germany's history regarding Russia is important.
As ongoing fighting in South Sudan shatters any pretence of a ceasefire between government troops and rebels, analysts fear the conflict could engulf the region, as former foes fight old wars in a new country.
Singaporeans will likely huddle around their TV sets in June to watch World Cup soccer — but only if they pay, once again, a fee higher than anyone else on earth.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Less than a week after the spectacular closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided for an encore and invaded the sovereignty of neighboring Ukraine. The chill winds of the Cold War have returned to Europe and the halls of diplomacy.
Germany has attracted more political asylum seekers than any other EU nation, but now the massive influx is straining the system, with crowded Berlin shelters sounding the alarm.