Monday, December 22, 2014
The Legislative Yuan is all set to create a new special committee to amend the Constitution of the Republic of China as was first suggested by Eric Chu, mayor of New Taipei City.
> Joe Hung
To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.
The year's end is not a bad time to reflect where we are likely to proceed in a year of huge uncertainties. At the beginning of the year, the major headline events, such as Ukraine, ISIS, oil crash and Occupy Central were not on most people's radar screen. As the year proceeded, there was realization that we are heading toward a period of slower growth and higher volatility, without much inflation as commodity and oil prices tanked to record levels not seen since the 1990s.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Friday to punish North Korea for hacking a Hollywood studio, but Washington's options are limited and Pyongyang's economic weakness is a surprising strength.
In some ways the flap about former Korean Air executive vice-president Cho Hyun-ah and an on-board snack seems too trivial for media attention. After all, I am quite sure that every flight attendant in the world could tell story after story about hard-to-please customers and silly antics on airplanes.
This was an act of abominable cruelty that cannot be forgiven, no matter what the reasons for it were.
The much awaited nuclear waste facility in Gyeongju will begin operations next year following final approval by the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission last week.
Winds of change are blowing in the Caribbean, and warming the historically rigid and frigid relations between Cuba and the United States. On Dec. 17, U.S. President Barack Obama announced plans to resume diplomatic relations, along with an exchange of imprisoned individuals.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Tuesday's earth-shattering killings in Peshawar took place on the 43rd anniversary of the Pakistani surrender in Dhaka. Coincidence it might be, but what a poignant one.
One of the last legacies of the Cold War has ended with Washington re-establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba after a fifty-three year break in relations.