Japanese investment bank Nomura has declared that the global financial crisis is finally over, announcing: “The end of the end of the world” is here.
“Please help me,” implored the woman, sitting at the roadside.
When Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban met on Sunday for half an hour, the dialogue was brokered by the military. Present at the table were Thailand's army, navy and air force chiefs.
Thailand's economic outlook for 2014 could be dismal. The degree is difficult to gauge right now, but the pain could be as bad as what we experienced in 2009.
Too often are standard arguments repeated at international conferences, particularly those of a regional strategic nature, regardless of whether those arguments are true or correct.
The biggest winner of the monthlong civil disobedience movement is the awakening of young Thais, who are in their 20s and are equipped with smartphones and dozens of apps. They no longer shy away from the so-called irritant social elements they used to turn away from. In other words, they are no longer detached from the everyday reality.
China's recent demarcation of an air defense zone appears to be part of its move to lay the institutional framework for what analysts call Beijing's “anti-access/area-denial” strategy aimed at keeping hostile forces at bay.
The battle is about to begin. It could turn ugly. After leading an anti-government rally for almost a month, culminating with a historic “one-million-man” gathering at Rajdamnoen Avenue gathering on Sunday, Suthep Thaugsuban has realized that winning this war won't be easy. He had to escalate the level of civil disobedience. The strategy is to win support from the civil servants. If they agree to walk away from their posts, government machinery will come to a halt.
We need to recognize certain realities even as we heave a sigh of relief at the interim nuclear deal between Iran and the world's six most powerful nations.
After a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III approved in principle a three-stage reconstruction plan for provinces devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). But three weeks after the storm struck land in Eastern Visayas, there was still no one in charge of the colossal rehabilitation job.