Today is the last day of a truly agonizing year for Malaysians, with two Malaysia Airlines tragedies and the worst flood in three decades.
The fall of Ling Jihua, now under investigation for corruption, means Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken another step closer to consolidating his power base.
It is an unenviable exercise, to write about one tragedy in the midst of another. As Pakistanis pick up the pieces from Peshawar, collect the condolences, assess the helplessness and avert their eyes from what is at best a feeble future, there is the task of assessing the year gone by. And within this yearly exercise is the job of taking measure of the year for the country's women.
There was no sense of excitement even among the winners when the two-party coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won a landslide victory in the recent general election.
In traditional society, the status of the child is determined by the social position of the family from which she springs. Indeed, parents “own” their children, a fact that proceeds from the family's basic role as an economic unit. The state recognizes this, and defers to the primordial authority of parents over their children.
Various threats and dangers became evident this year.
Most of us can clearly recall where we were on Dec 26, 2004, when a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the northern coast of Sumatra triggered a deadly tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean, killing over 226,000 people and causing massive destruction along coastal areas of 14 countries.
The investigation into the “nut rage” case surrounding Heather Cho, a former senior executive of Korean Air, is entering its final stretch, as prosecutors have asked the court to issue an arrest warrant for her and two more people.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration must take advantage of the ruling parties' impressive victory in the recent House of Representatives election to make headway in addressing various policy issues. Such a move is essential for achieving tangible results in this respect.
Bad news for the advocates of spasmodic growth, an economy doesn't work like an inflated balloon. Pumping air stretches the balloon uniformly, but that's not exactly how prosperity gets distributed across the population in a country.