Friday, January 16, 2015
Italy's last presidential election, in 2013, was a messy saga that crowned two months of political paralysis and exposed the inability of the political class to deal with it.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Nigeria's president was among leaders who condemned last week's attack by Islamic extremists on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, yet his response to the slaughter of civilians by militants in his own country has been muted.
We are flabbergasted by Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's hasty decision to nominate Comr. General Budi Gunawan as the sole candidate for National Police chief, replacing general Sutarman, who is to retire in October.
An appeals court on Tuesday overturned the last remaining conviction against Egypt's deposed leader Hosni Mubarak and ordered his retrial on corruption charges, opening the door for his possible release.
World financial markets started this year with violent fluctuations in stock prices and foreign exchange rates, producing uncertain prospects ahead.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Last Thursday, student leader Joshua Wong was at Hong Kong Commercial Radio to record a program when he ran into Chief Secretary Carrie Lam. The 18-year-old immediately reached into his schoolbag and pulled out a criticism of the government's public sentiment report released two days earlier.
The Madrid, London and 9/11 attacks saw more people die than the Paris killings, not to mention recent bloodbaths in Pakistan and Nigeria, but millions in France and abroad took to the streets in defiance. Why?
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.