Friday, December 5, 2014
The most ambitious Republican leaders have begun to clash with each other over the U.S. role in global affairs with an eye toward the 2016 race for president.
Not all oil giants are created equal, as struggling Venezuela, Nigeria, Iran and Russia are painfully aware in the wake of OPEC's divisive decision to maintain production levels.
After running a successful campaign for Taipei mayor, the Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) now has to learn how to govern. As is to be expected for a political outsider, Ko now faces the challenging tasks of having to build a coterie of deputies in his government and rallying support in the city's legislature on the one hand, while maintaining his lofty promise of independence from political parties on the other.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Uruguayan president-elect Tabare Vazquez, a cancer doctor returning to the country's highest office a decade after launching an anti-smoking crusade, faces a dilemma over his predecessor's landmark marijuana law.
There is a Malay saying — Harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi — which is used to describe a person who, having been entrusted to protect something, betrays the trust given to him or her by working in the opposite direction.
In an ideal world, 17-year old Setimaya Chepang of Kakada-7 in Makwanpur would be a college-going student whose only responsibility would be her studies.
There is a war going on in Europe that could have a significant impact on the U.S. and its economy.
At a time when we are reflecting on the lessons from the Cold War amid growing concern about the current U.S.-Russia relationship, we should be looking ahead to anticipate how changes in technology and geopolitics create new challenges to peace and stability among the world's major powers.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, IHS Jane's, a leading British publishing company specializing in military topics, reported that China was reclaiming land at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea and transforming permanently submerged features that do not qualify as an island under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea into an artificial island big enough to accommodate an airfield and a harbor, the largest Chinese naval facility in the Spratly Islands.
The military should loosen its grip and allow society to build on the foundations for democracy laid over the past four years.