Wednesday, September 17, 2014
If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.
North Korea last week issued a rare report on its own human rights situation. The report rebutted international criticism of its rights record and defended the oppressive regime's policies as guaranteeing the “genuine rights of the people.”
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Things are going well in Hong Kong, economically at least. One day after Beijing's announcement of strict rules for electing Hong Kong's Chief Executive (CE) sparked a huge outcry in the city, developers Sino Land and Chinese Estates won a bid to invest a record HK$18 billion (US$2.32 billion) into a massive redevelopment project in Kwun Tong.
Wiping out bloodthirsty extremist militants and restoring stability to the Middle East will require the swift creation of an international coalition prepared to stand united in this fight.
Bosnian Serbs are closely watching Scotland's independence referendum, hoping if Scots vote to break away from Britain it would set a precedent that could boost their own chances of proclaiming a separate state.
External debt is rearing its ugly head again. Many developing countries are facing reduced export earnings and foreign reserves.
Monday, September 15, 2014
War is stupid. Jonathan Swift told us so in the 18th century with his “Gulliver's Travels,” in which the two kingdoms of Lilliput and Blefuscu fought a war over the controversy on the question whether eggs should be broken at the big or short end. Another stupid war started in the Middle East.
> Joe Hung
Seven weeks before elections, Republicans and Democrats are both playing it safe, willing to make short-term sacrifices of long-held positions in hopes of maximizing their chances for victory at the polls.
On Sept. 15, it will be six years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. With the U.S. economy still operating below par and Europe struggling to stay above water, the question is whether the medicine applied after 2008 was right.
The Sewol ferry disaster in April raised public awareness of the importance of reforming the civil service. A key element in the reforms is shutting down the system of revolving-door appointments, in which retired civil servants move to private-sector jobs related to their previous duties.