Saturday, November 15, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Not much of Pakistan operates on merit. Connections procure jobs, recommendations procure promotions, an uncle in this bureaucracy, a brother in that one, all of it together amounts to the favors and facilitators that are needed to get where one wants to be.
From celebrations in united Germany marking the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall to those in the United States over midterm elections delivering a more evenly divided Washington, what a week it has been for division, past and present.
“Indonesia under my administration is open to business. But Indonesia, like other sovereign nations, must ensure that no harm comes to our national interests,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told Indonesia's neighbors ahead of the full implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) late next year.
On Oct. 29, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced the end of what is now called QE3, the third round of Fed quantitative easing purchases of Treasury bonds and agency mortgage-backed securities to keep the economy going.
“So where are you from?” New Taipei mayoral candidate Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) asked me soon after we sat down for the interview., 3 Comments
Thursday, November 13, 2014
What happens next in Japan-China relations depends not only on what they do, but also on what they don't do.
U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive in Myanmar for a three-day visit on Nov. 12. This is Obama's second trip to Myanmar in two years. His visit in November 2012 was the first ever by a sitting U.S. president.
U.S. military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria began on a small scale three months ago but has steadily expanded in size and scope, raising the stakes for Washington, experts say.
Henry David Thoreau was a rare American intellectual who built a small cabin beside Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts in 1845 and lived there alone for two years and two months. Thoreau detested anything that attempted to oppress and control the individual or deprive him of his autonomy of action and thought.