Monday, May 4, 2015
The debate over Ikea's link with outspoken Singaporean pastor Lawrence Khong represents in some respects a storm in a teacup. The content of the magic show is not in question; Ikea has said it respected diversity in the community (indeed, it has every commercial reason to do so); and entertainers are entitled to their own opinions.
A quarter of a century ago then-British Prime Minister John Major spoke of forging a "classless" society, yet Britons appear peculiarly wedded to their tribal identities.
The birth of a princess on Saturday demonstrated the enduring strength of Britain's rulers, consolidating four generations of a family now more popular than ever, but cannot hide the weaknesses of an aging institution.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
It is old news now that Mayor Ko Wen-je touched a sore spot on the local scene last week by announcing a plan to substitute police surveillance with camera surveillance for a very specific parking zone in Taipei.
Up close and personal -- that describes targeting individuals in wartime, even when impersonal drone aircraft and electronics are employed., 1 Comment
Jordan's authorization of a breakaway wing of the Muslim Brotherhood has sent tensions soaring between the decades-old organization and the government, accused of exploiting the rift to weaken the kingdom's main opposition force.
The Myanmar soldier, wearing his crisp green uniform, rifles through a box of T-shirts for a souvenir of his time in the country's fledgling legislature -- a deeply controversial position in the former junta-run nation on the cusp of key elections.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
The targeted killings of journalists, the suffocating censorship in many countries and the widening governmental controls on media activities characterize the contemporary media landscape in large parts of the world. And add the ghastly shock effect of beheadings of journalists in the Middle East by Islamic State or the barbaric attacks in the heart of Paris against the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, or the pervasive intimidation against the investigative press in Mexico by drug lords, and the picture becomes more alarming., 6 Comments
Going into business internationally has never been easier thanks to the evolution of e-commerce. It might be simple to set up websites, source or make products, then start taking online orders -- but what happens next? Are small businesses ready for the many customs hurdles ahead?
Uncertainties linger and many questions remain unanswered as the drafting of the new constitution enters its final stage and time runs out on this post-coup government's term in power.