Monday, February 1, 2016
As we celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year on Feb. 8, it's in with the Year of the Monkey and out with the Year of the Sheep. But before the lunar year past fully recedes into memory, we take our annual look back at the people and events that made headlines across Asia, for good and for bad.
Fifteen years into the war that few Americans talk about any more, conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, preventing the clean ending that U.S. President Barack Obama hoped to impose before leaving office.
First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington's ways after the 2010 tea party wave.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
As I write these words, a student at National Taiwan University (NTU) lies comatose in a hospital, the result of a role play of a ghost hanging that went awry several days ago. The accident happened as part of a multi-level skills-training effort, call it a workshop or college-sponsored vacation camp, or whatever.
"We have met the enemy and he is us." That is an appropriate statement to sum up the wild U.S. Republican presidential race to date, including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's extremely bizarre rhetoric in endorsing Donald Trump on Jan. 19.
Vietnam's latest political turnover made one thing abundantly clear: being a strong, charismatic leader with a high domestic and international profile will only lead to your downfall.
As North Korea awaits the United Nations' response to its purported first H-bomb test, Washington is believed to be floating measures that could cause it some serious problems.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Around 80 percent of the world's men and boys will become fathers during their lifetime, and virtually all men have at least some connection to children in caregiving relationships. Despite this, the practice of engaging men in caregiving is virtually invisible in public policies and discourses.
Five years after the onset of the purportedly pro-democracy revolts against authoritarian rulers in much of the Middle East, the heady warm breezes of the Arab Spring have been replaced with swirling ill winds sweeping the region from Tunisia to Iraq. Governments were toppled, chaos ensued, and the genie of pent up political frustrations soon turned violent. Syria, Libya and Yemen are wracked by violence.
Seeking to assert Taiwan's sovereignty and build his legacy, President Ma Ying-jeou paid a visit Thursday to an even smaller island also claimed by mainland China.