Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The self-righteous, heavy-handed nature of Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration has become even clearer.
As world powers edge toward a possible nuclear deal with Iran, the debate has been dominated by the question of whether it leaves an opening for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. But an accord could have another profound impact: Is this the beginning of the Islamic republic's broad acceptance by the community of nations?
This letter is in response to the recent article discussing the Taipei MRT killer's sentence. Can a person die four times?
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
China's huge IT sector is out in force in Germany this week, signalling to the world it is ready to not just copy but lead as a tech superpower.
As the rupiah is not pegged to the American dollar, but floated against a basket of the currencies of Indonesia's major trading partners, its exchange rate should naturally float on the country's economic outlook as measured by its key indicators of inflation, interest rates, foreign exchange (forex) reserves and balance of payments situation.
Data released by South Korea's foreign ministry last week showed that the number of Korean emigrants fell to a record low in 2014. Only 249 Koreans emigrated to foreign countries last year, down from 302 in the previous year. The figure marked the lowest since the government began compiling emigration data in 1962 when 386 people left the country to live abroad.
Barring last-minute surprises, it now looks very likely that by the end of this month, the United States and Iran will conclude a deal over the latter's nuclear program.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Leopold von Ranke, a German historian and a founder of modern source-based history, teaches us history has to be written “wie es eigentlich gewesen” or “as it really is.” Perhaps Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has never tried to understand von Ranke's dictum.
> Joe Hung
Organ transplants have been in the news this past week after reports that the organs of Irish physiotherapist Lisa Orsi, 22, who died after a trek in Indonesia, will be donated to several people here in Singapore, where she had worked since last year.
As the drive to reach an accord with Iran on its nuclear program heads towards a March 31 deadline, France is digging into its role as chief hawk — a position inclined to annoy U.S. allies, but not likely to scuttle an eventual accord, diplomats say.