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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
A few seconds is all it takes for a lunatic armed with an intent to kill to make history. And all it takes is one such isolated incident to trigger unrest — at home or thousands of miles away — that lead to riots, which can then grow chaotic and quickly spiral out of control.
The deportation of a Korean-American woman accused of engaging in pro-North Korean activity has become a fresh issue of contention between conservatives and progressives, and touched off a controversy over freedom of speech in South Korea.
Former Interior Minister Lee's advice to Mayor Ko (local news Saturday) is very wise. No one likes to be humiliated.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
We are all Charlie
You can boycott a journal of opinion or refute their 'insulting' comments, but violence is never an acceptable option
After gunmen in Paris killed 12 people, Saudi Arabia's top body of Muslim clerics quickly condemned the attack and said it could have no acceptable justification. It was a signal from some of the Islamic world's strictest voices that cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were not a reason to kill the artists.
For many in Israel, the deadly attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris was further evidence that France is becoming hostile territory for Jews and authorities are unable to protect them.
Saturday morning's fire at an apartment in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, claimed four lives and injured 124 with the death toll likely to rise as several of the patients are listed in critical condition.
The deadly Islamist attacks in Paris have left France's security forces grappling with the impossible task of monitoring hundreds — if not thousands — of suspected radicals released from prison or returning from fighting abroad.
Monday, January 12, 2015
I was at the ceremony where the national flag of the Republic of China was lowered at Twin Oaks in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 31, 1978. A U.S. Department of State Taiwan desk officer was at the historic estate to watch the lowering of the flag. He was jeered at by one of us in attendance who was sad and angry. Some of us wept. On the following day, New Year's Day of 1979, the United States cut off diplomatic relations with the Republic of China.
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Executions are set to guide the plot of Pakistan's latest episode in the War on Terror. Every day brings news of the numbers, 8,000 awaiting death, a few hung already, the ominous pictures of nooses plastered on the pages of newspapers.
  
  
  
  
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