Thursday, July 30, 2015
Fasten your seat belts investors: China's volatile stocks still have room to drop, but analysts say keeping the rollercoaster on the tracks will depend on how the government manages its eventual exit from the market.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Two and a half years after the Philippines first sought international arbitration in its disputes with China over the South China Sea, the first hearings were finally held in The Hague this month by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, despite China's refusal to take part and its contention that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction.
The evidence is everywhere. Boat loads of emaciated people adrift on the Andaman Sea, begging for water; exhausted refugees staggering out of the surf on Greek islands, having survived the smugglers' boats; desperate families breaking down the barbed wire fence separating Turkey and Syria, to escape the battles being fought a few miles away.
The two events that shook the world in June and early July were the Greek crisis and China's stock market gyrations. Both events were about getting prices right -- the Greek negotiations on whether Greece can sustain such high debt without some debt write-offs and the mainland stock markets finding their own price equilibrium.
Hospitals are increasingly turning to robots and assistive technology to ease their manpower crunch. To speed up the process, Changi General Hospital has set up a Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology to hothouse such research.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The Iran nuclear deal is now concluded, but the political battle over its implementation and over broader security prospects in the Middle East is just beginning.
Although it was 14 years ago, it feels like yesterday when I stood before a packed audience in New York to denounce the enforcement of the "Global Gag Rule" by the United States which barred any overseas organization that received U.S. foreign assistance from not only providing safe abortion services, but engaging in any abortion-related activities, including advocacy for law reform.
In Greece, hospitality is a concept as old as the Acropolis. But the country's hated creditors cannot expect the usual warm welcome when they arrive this week to thrash out a third huge international bailout.
In the week ahead, hangings are to resume in Pakistan as the federal government's monthlong moratorium on executions has expired with the end of Ramadan.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Please allow me to jot down my personal experience again. I have to thank the two surgeons at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou who have made it possible for me to continue keeping my Monday column.
> Joe Hung