Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Just as China and the United States are preparing for another Xi Jinping-Barack Obama summit next month, when the American president is scheduled to visit Beijing for the annual APEC leaders meeting, China is stepping up charges that Washington is secretly supporting student-led pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Even when Kim Jong Un was nowhere to be seen, he was everywhere. From “Saturday Night Live” spoofs to the wild theories of journalists across the globe trying to parse his five-week absence from the public eye, the 30-ish leader of North Korea captured nearly as many headlines as he did when he threatened to nuke his enemies last year.
The Scots seem to have opened the floodgates on a tide of nationalism with their push for independence. Even during the buildup to Scotland's referendum, separatists all over Europe showed an avid interest in it, causing some minor rumblings in their quarters and a great deal of nervousness among lawmakers across the continent.
Discussions surrounding the protests for universal suffrage in Hong Kong have led some people to argue “Today Hong Kong, tomorrow Taiwan.” This sentiment is noticable especially amongst some pro-independence Taiwanese or foreign supporters hostile to mainland China.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, U.S. gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There's the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, and the striking fact that even in some states allowing same-sex marriage, people can lose their job for being gay.
Years of campaigning for a seat at the world's “top table” come to a head this week when elections are held to the U.N. Security Council, which decides on such weighty matters as sanctions, war and peace.
A breach of infection control resulting in a Dallas health worker getting Ebola raises fresh questions about whether hospitals truly can safely take care of people with the deadly virus, as health officials insist is possible.
This is a choice China faces as it shifts its electricity generation from coal-fired plants to hydroelectric dams. According to recent data, dams are partly responsible for the rise in earthquakes in western China, including — quite possibly — a 6.6 temblor that hit Yunnan Province last week.
Monday, October 13, 2014
I've lost a friend. Dr. Hung Ching-chang (洪慶章) left the world last Wednesday. He was 83.
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That the iPhone 6 is allegedly bendable is not a surprise. When a production line is working as fast as those of Apple and all its rivals, some unfavorable traits or flaws are bound to emerge. What is truly amazing is the manner in which cellular users are embracing everything thrown at them. Big screens. Small screens. Earphone plug on the side. Earphone plug at the top. Earphone plug at the bottom. A little bit more computing speed every three months. And on and on it goes.