Saturday, October 11, 2014
The lightning rise of the Islamic State group is turning it into a magnet for Muslim extremists, as U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria help galvanize support for their cause.
U.S. President Barack Obama is increasingly touting the economic recovery in a bid to help his party retain narrow control over the Senate in November elections, a campaign strategy fraught with risk at a time when his popularity is down and many Americans are frustrated that their lives have not improved despite the emergence from recession.
The Occupy Central movement may not win everything it has demanded, but it has forever redefined Hong Kong politics. Seen from a broad historical view, it has won plenty.
Friday, October 10, 2014
The Glasgow bar is half empty, the televisions showing sport while inoffensive pop music plays. But the students huddled around the table are oblivious — the talk is all about Scotland's future.
Bhutan, the only country in the world to make “Gross National Happiness (GNH)” a national policy, has also drawn up a social media policy with an interesting twist: social networks can be an important tool for GNH and good governance.
Passengers cherish Virgin America for its mood lighting, live TV, fancy cocktails and friendly flight attendants. That nice-guy approach to air travel wins awards and attracts a cult following, but may not fly with Wall Street.
Hong Kong's umbrella protesters are courageous and they deserve our support, but human rights idealism should not give way to confrontation that will hinder and not help China's slow but sure democratization.
The news issued recently by Taiwan's government about the possibility of merging the Marine Corps into the Army has brought about enormous arguments and controversies. This issue has drawn a lot of public attention and has been extensively discussed by experts, Marine veterans and TV program hosts.
A new article in The Economist had some misinterpretations about President Ma Ying-jeou's recent remarks on the South China Sea's territorial disputes given on September 1st as addressing the Exhibition of Historical Archives on the Southern Territories of the Republic of China.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group's territory. The extremist fighters have melted into urban areas when needed to elude the threat, and they have even succeeded in taking new territory from an Iraqi army that still buckles in the face of militants.