Monday, December 8, 2014
Golkar Party Chairman Aburizal Bakrie easily won his re-election as party boss in Bali this week because of, among other reasons, his convincing assurance that he would make local party leaders in 415 cities and regencies and 34 provinces across the country become mayors,
Sunday, December 7, 2014
I do not know if other cultures are as obsessed with surveys as ours seems to be, but I do know most surveys I read of affect me very little. For a survey to touch me, it's got to practically hit me in the forehead.
Over the past several weeks, Taliban attacks have markedly increased. At least a dozen strikes have occurred, many in capital Kabul, with foreigners clearly priority targets. So far this year, 36 aid workers have been killed and 95 wounded.
A three-week hunger strike by a young anarchist who has become a household name in Greece has left the embattled government in a quandary, just as it mulls more unpopular austerity measures.
We are entering the “third platform” era of information technology. Simply put, we now have a computing platform that engages more and more people with technologies that are increasingly more widely available.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hosts an Ibero-American summit Monday that could give him some respite from a security crisis battering his international image, though the forum has lost prestige.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
The precipitous fall in petroleum prices has brought an unexpected holiday season bonus to oil and gasoline consumers throughout North America. And it's not a moment too soon that the high fuel prices of the past few years finally take a dip. But while cheaper costs, both for private drivers and the wider trucking and transportation industry, happily align with the upcoming holidays, there's actually a bigger story here.
Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) suffered a landslide defeat in local elections last week on Nov. 29. The results prompted the resignation of the premier and the president's stepping down as KMT chairman, leaving the party gravely weakened before the presidential election in 2016.
The hammering suffered by U.S. President Barack Obama's Democratic Party in last month's mid-term elections could have floored him out as he began his final two years as president.
Was he flexing his muscles or beating a retreat? Opinions are divided over Russian President Vladimir Putin's surprise announcement to abandon Moscow's US$50 billion South Stream gas pipeline.