Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Just a few short weeks ago, Republican elders could only hope that time would make voters forget about the government shutdown the party engineered in October.
A bitter division at a weekend summit over allegations of war crimes by its Sri Lankan hosts damaged the Commonwealth, a post-colonial club already struggling for relevance, according to observers.
China's quick release of a surprisingly detailed national reform plan shows leaders are serious about economic change, analysts say, but uncertainties remain over its implementation.
As a Nepalese transgender dancer in her 20s, Nazia Shilalik says her gender has cost her jobs, respect and soon, she believes, it will cost her a vote in upcoming elections.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Shawn Fan, currently teaches in an elementary school as an intern hopes to become a bilingual teacher. She plans to graduate from Illinois State University this coming May with a bachelor's degree in bilingual/bicultural elementary education.
There has never been a caste system in China, though the “Middle Kingdom” used to have four classes of people. They were scholars (士), farmers (農), artisans (工), and merchants (商). Unlike in India, there were no untouchables in China, but in pre-modern Japan, where the same four characters were used to describe the four classes of people, the scholars were replaced by warriors, while lower classes of untouchables known as hinin (非人) and eta (穢多) existed.
> Joe Hung
For two days it seemed that President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine had vanished.
On the frontline in Libya and Mali, hawkish on Syria, uncompromising on Iran: France, long critical of the United States' role as the world's policeman, is emerging as the most interventionist of Western states.
A monster typhoon that laid waste to the central Philippines wiped out livelihoods as well as homes, leaving small traders and shop-owners facing a long and perilous road back to solvency.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families released the results of a survey this week in which more than 1,000 local junior and senior high school students participated. The topic of the survey sounds awfully grown-up: freedom of expression. Media reported that up to 70 percent of the teens felt they were “unable to make a difference to society because they are not free to speak out.”