Friday, October 17, 2014
In celebrating our American Revolution, we tend to see it as the simple act of a united people whose happy outcome was virtually assured by our declaration of independence in 1776. For us, it becomes an all but inevitable event rather than a messy and contingent business. This view hinders our ability to understand and relate to the revolutions swirling around us, particularly those in the Arab world.
Rumors are a form of cowardice on the part of both their creators and disseminators. Rumors sometimes play a benign role in an oppressed society, as a form of whistle-blowing to expose facts that are detrimental to the authority of those in power. Luckily, we have passed that stage of societal development, yet there are still people, even in legitimate media circles, who like to play with rumors.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
What is the price of being forced to raise a brown baby?
What you know can be imparted to thousands of people on the Internet, impacting countless lives and events, while spreading better awareness of Pakistani topics across the globe.
The Ebola virus species that has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa caught everyone by surprise when it erupted thousands of kilometers from its historical hotbed.
Women are key to boosting economic growth in Africa and the developing world, Melinda Gates said Tuesday, as she stopped off in Paris to press crisis-hit France to keep funding projects for women and girls.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Just as China and the United States are preparing for another Xi Jinping-Barack Obama summit next month, when the American president is scheduled to visit Beijing for the annual APEC leaders meeting, China is stepping up charges that Washington is secretly supporting student-led pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Even when Kim Jong Un was nowhere to be seen, he was everywhere. From “Saturday Night Live” spoofs to the wild theories of journalists across the globe trying to parse his five-week absence from the public eye, the 30-ish leader of North Korea captured nearly as many headlines as he did when he threatened to nuke his enemies last year.
The Scots seem to have opened the floodgates on a tide of nationalism with their push for independence. Even during the buildup to Scotland's referendum, separatists all over Europe showed an avid interest in it, causing some minor rumblings in their quarters and a great deal of nervousness among lawmakers across the continent.
Discussions surrounding the protests for universal suffrage in Hong Kong have led some people to argue “Today Hong Kong, tomorrow Taiwan.” This sentiment is noticable especially amongst some pro-independence Taiwanese or foreign supporters hostile to mainland China.