"You have heard of the patience of Job," wrote Jesus' disciple James, underscoring the importance of patience as well as faith in handling severe reversals and frustrations (James 5:11).
Czar Nicholas II, contemplating the new year a century ago, is said to have written in his diary that "1916 was cursed; 1917 will surely be better.", 1 Comment
Donald Trump will assume the American presidency during a pivotal time in U.S.-Asian relations.
Tuesday's editorial in the China Post this past week saves us the trouble of getting bogged down in every last detail of an intriguing story. "Look around -- we're in post-truth Taiwan" was the title of the editorial, in my view, unusually well done.
Two months after India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the controversial decision to withdraw 500 rupee (US$7.4) and 1,000 rupee notes from circulation, his country is still reeling from the effects.
The page has been turned. And the new U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff, Guterres stated, "I think we should have no illusions. We are facing very challenging times."
The most fashionable word after Brexit and Trump's triumph in 2016 as U.S. president-elect was "post-truth," roughly defined as the "cherry-picking of data to support emotive politics." If there is no truth or objective facts, because all media is subject to manipulation, are we then living in "alt-future," an alternative future where there are no truths, only selective lies?
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Every president taps a legislative affairs director to work with Congress. President-elect Donald Trump appears ready to use a legislative whip like none other: Twitter.
U.S. Gulf allies are looking at Donald Trump to tilt Washington in their favor, analysts say, but fear a dangerous void if the incoming president goes so far as to tear up the Iran nuclear deal.
His country mired in recession, Brazilian President Michel Temer's government ordered more than US$400,000 worth of food, including 500 cartons of Haagen-Dazs ice cream and nearly 1.5 tons of chocolate cake, for his official plane trips in 2017 only to cancel the order hours later amid public outrage.