Thursday, October 9, 2014
Is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sincere about his wish to hold a summit with President Park Geun-hye? Judging by his recent comments at the Japanese Diet, either Abe has no desire to meet with Park or his political judgment has become so clouded that he cannot see the consequences of his remarks.
For most Haitians, the death of onetime dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier revives painful memories of the era of anguish and fear when he and his equally brutal father ruled the impoverished Caribbean nation. In life, “Baby Doc” cheated the Haitian people by robbing them of their dignity and national patrimony. In death, he cheated justice by avoiding a trial for corruption and human rights charges.
Hong Kong's democracy protests have stoked fears of retribution from China, but observers say the city is simply too valuable to punish and sideline, even as it faces a long-term challenge from mainland rival Shanghai.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
“I'm a very modest man,” Narendra Modi, who as a young man sold tea by the railroad but who became India's prime minister in May, told 18,500 cheering fans in New York's Madison Square Garden last week. “That's why I plan to do big things for modest people.”, 2 Comments
This letter is in response to the articles covering the voting crisis between China and Hong Kong.
In the age of new media that we live in, we are experiencing an exciting and revolutionary evolution of cultures.
Several years back, during an interview with the Dalai Lama, I questioned the Tibetan leader on the 17-Point Agreement signed in 1951 between the Lhasa government and Beijing. It seemed clear that whatever the Chinese then offered to the Tibetans was not implemented on the ground by Beijing.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The story of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's top leader, is the type of rags-to-riches tale that is generally admired in this commercially minded city. But Leung is deeply unpopular, thanks mainly to his longstanding ties with mainland China.
Senior Russian officials are sounding dire warnings as prices rise, the ruble plunges and growth grinds to a halt, but President Vladimir Putin is ignoring their advice amid the standoff with the West over Ukraine.
Apart from how to “dissolve the colors” — the jargon for making both camps of the Thai political divide co-exist peacefully — a major question hanging in the air for everyone contemplating political reform has to do with the highly politicized anti-corruption mechanism.