Saturday, June 13, 2015
Facing the onslaught of wanton destruction, cultural pillage and a growing back market for stolen antiquities, both Iraq and Syria are feeling the brunt not only of the ideological violence of the Islamic State (IS), but the barbaric "cultural cleansing" of antiques dating back millennia. As the Middle East confronts the expansion of the IS terrorist state we also face the unintended consequences of both historic destruction and equally the attacks on religious minorities such as the Christians and Yazidis.
The number of people in need of nursing care will increase by 45 percent in the next 10 years, and nursing care facilities for elderly people will fall short by 130,000 beds, in Tokyo and three of its neighboring prefectures -- Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa.
Friday, June 12, 2015
The democratic project confronts myriad challenges in South Asia. The concept itself is being revisited to learn more aggressive interventions and re-emphasis nuance and practice.
China's journey to great-power status reminds me of the Monkey King. This cultural hero, who has the body of a man and the face of a monkey, is a popular character in Chinese literature. Indeed, one translator of "Journey to the West" claims that children in the Chinese world want to be monkeys.
An extremely high target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was unveiled at the latest Group of Seven summit meeting. Nations around the world will be tested over their ability to achieve goals to curb global warming.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
The recent controversy over Maggi has exposed the high vulnerability of consumers to hazardous but tasty and convenient foods which very quickly become a habit for millions of people (including children).
With just a few thousand dollars and an Internet-powered grassroots campaign, a 25-year-old Mexican of Japanese ancestry tapped into discontent with corruption-plagued political parties to make history in midterm elections.
Due to differences in views over issues related to historical perceptions and words or deeds of political leaders of both countries, a structure of mutual distrust between Japan and South Korea is taking hold.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
That old question, what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object, received a new answer on June 4 when tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong poured into Victoria Park for the 26th year in a row to commemorate those who died in Beijing in 1989 when tanks rumbled into the capital and converged on Tiananmen Square.
In her keynote speech at Columbia University on April 29, former U.S. Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for every police department in the country to have mandatory police body cameras to improve transparency and accountability.