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Monday, January 12, 2015
Executions are set to guide the plot of Pakistan's latest episode in the War on Terror. Every day brings news of the numbers, 8,000 awaiting death, a few hung already, the ominous pictures of nooses plastered on the pages of newspapers.
There is outrage sweeping across newsrooms throughout the world over the heinous murder of 12 people, 10 of whom were journalists, in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris on Wednesday.
The plan by several universities to scrap the system allowing students to defer graduation and maintain their enrollment status without paying fees is facing vocal opposition from students.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
On Jan. 1, all sorts of stuff collided in an odd exchange involving President Ma Ying-jeou and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je at a flag-raising ceremony to mark the start of 2015. Am I the only one hoping this goof-up was not an omen of things to come? Am I the only one who even remembers the story?
The effort of North Korea to suppress Sony's satirical film “The Interview” has failed, but only after initial success. For months, Pyongyang has expressed outrage about the irreverent production.
Eight months is a long time. Long enough for international outrage to rise, fall and fade away. That's how long it's been since Boko Haram militants stormed a secondary school in the northeastern village of Chibok in Nigeria, abducting more than 200 still-missing teenage girls.
A battle over an oil pipeline has become the opening salvo in a power struggle between newly empowered Republicans and President Barack Obama that could consume his final two years in office and shape his legacy.
The United Nations and others have expressed concern over the Lebanese government's recent decision to bar Syrian refugees crossing the border. The aim of the new regulation, approved on New Year's Eve, is to slow the influx of asylum seekers escaping the civil war in Syria.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
The appalling attack on the offices of a satirical magazine in Paris, which killed 12, was a deliberately focused and targeted hit not only to stun and intimidate a free press but a free society as well. In recent months France has seen a spate of attacks not only on the media, but on Christmas markets and Jewish synagogues.
Wednesday's shocking terror attack on the French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo should finally awaken the Western public to the threat posed by radical Islamists to free speech worldwide.
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