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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
It's the presidential election that just keeps surprising. A year after a spasm of huge anti-government protests across Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff piled up more votes in Sunday's election than any challenger, but it wasn't enough to avoid a runoff in three weeks.
Monday, October 6, 2014
“Rebel Without a Cause” is a 1955 American film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. Starring James Dean, it offered both social commentary and an alternative to previous films depicting delinquents in urban slum environments.
It does seem like the sound of complaints about the rising cost of living is getting louder. Higher costs mean people have to stretch their ringgit a little further than before.
A military agreement with the Philippines and easing an arms embargo against Vietnam show the Obama administration wants deeper security ties with Asia, even as turmoil in the Mideast has undermined its hope of making Asia the heart of its foreign policy.
One month before Americans elect their representatives in Congress and state offices, Republicans have a clear if narrow edge as they pick away at President Barack Obama's tarnished record.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Last week I pushed the envelope here a bit by insisting that native speakers of English may use the verbs “study” and “learn” in different ways. There are also subtle differences in usage between “courtesy” and “decency.” As a reality in life and not merely a word, “decency” is the tougher to define.
“No one should be ducking in this case.” That statement was made by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark in discussing the coordinated allied operations against the major terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).
The Asian Games, a multi-sport competition featuring nations from across Asia, has always been my favorite event, besides the World Cup, the Summer Olympics and the Asian Cup of soccer, especially if the Asiad, as it is formally called, is held in East Asia.
Where are the pay raises? Employers in the United States are hiring at a brisk pace. Unemployment has sunk to a nearly healthy rate. Jobs are being filled across a range of industries.
On Sept. 25, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Muslim president of the world's third-largest democracy, came to Washington to inaugurate a statue of a Hindu goddess in front of his nation's embassy.
  
  
  
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