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Sunday, November 23, 2014
I promised to soon return to last week's topic of student reactions to a certain type of examination. I've decided that “soon” means today.
Bad vibrations, as hip types used to say way back in the 1960s.
The murder of a Filipina transgender woman, allegedly by a U.S. Marine, has stoked nationalist outrage in the Philippines but activists say the spotlight should also be shone on “hate crimes” by locals targeting minority groups.
Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters are at a crossroads — as public support fades after nearly two months of mass sit-ins and gridlocked traffic, activists are split on whether to retreat or ramp up their campaign.
Figures released this week by the South Korean national statistics office showed deteriorating employment conditions for low-income earners.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Singapore has won praises the world over as a success story: the city-state has good administrators, world-class education, well-planned industrial policy and a well-oiled efficiency that few can match. Even the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was so impressed that he openly told former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew that China would take lessons from Singapore to enhance the progress of the country.
Spain is fighting a new wave of “homegrown” Islamic extremism, raiding cells and hunting radicals on the Internet as scores of Spaniards join Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq.
The German state of Thuringia could very soon become the first state to have a candidate of The Left party, a hard-left group, take over a state governor's office. This represents not only ignorance of German history but also a test case against the German chancellor.
Last week in India, the Gujarat state assembly passed a bill that makes it mandatory for anyone standing for public office to have a toilet at home. Existing members of the government also need to declare that they have a toilet at their residence within six months.
Epic 'Dragon Age' blazing new trails
Take “The Lord of the Rings,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Wheel of Time” and pretty much every other epic fantasy of the last century. Throw in a shelf full of “Dungeons & Dragons” manuals and a library of classic role-playing games dating back to 1981's “Wizardry” and “Ultima.” Mix vigorously, and you have some idea of what to expect from “Dragon Age: Inquisition” (Electronic Arts, for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, US$59.95).
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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