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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
A federal judge's ruling last month blocking U.S. President Barack Obama's immigration executive action lays bare a pervasive practice in federal district courts: venue shopping.
A major rift has emerged between two nations that are longtime sworn friends regarding suspicions over Iran's nuclear development program. This is an extraordinary situation.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Politicians love political gobbledygook. It's only natural, because they want to say what they don't mean and mean what they don't want to say. One good example is the response Chao Tien-lin, director of the Department of Chinese Affairs at the Democratic Progressive Party, made to what Chinese President Xi Jinping had said at a panel discussion with members of the 12th National Committee of the People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing last Wednesday.
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Flying over the flaming barricades of the Maidan protests in Kiev, the camps of Auschwitz or hurtling down a ski slope — drones have become a vital tool for cameramen, but they are increasingly running into legal and practical obstacles.
It was enough even for the normally unflappable European Union President Donald Tusk to start losing his cool. He stuttered and staggered his sentences, as he assessed what Russian President Vladimir Putin was doing to the EU's brittle sense of unity.
Inside a remote island prison in Indonesia, two Australians facing death by firing squad await word of their fate. To some, they are ruthless drug smugglers who deserve to die. To others, rehabilitated do-gooders who deserve to live. The question of which characterization is correct has threatened ties between two once-close countries, both convinced they are right.
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Sunday, March 8, 2015
Readers' responses to my columns are interesting to me, and are always a push for deeper reflection. I am grateful for the words several critics have recently posted under my name in the commentary section of The China Post. I want to share some of those words here today.
Drug-related crimes in Indonesia have entered an emergency phase, threatening the nation's resilience. According to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, everyday the crimes claim the lives of 40 to 50 Indonesian citizens, causing their families to grieve and experience agony. Can, therefore, capital punishment be imposed against drug offenders?
The gangland style murder of Boris Nemtsov starkly demonstrates the considerable distance still separating Russia from stable and reliable rule of law.
The EU's talks with Cuba this week on normalizing ties set up a potential rivalry with the United States as businesses on both sides of the Atlantic eye the island's post-thaw potential.
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