The Occupy Central movement may not win everything it has demanded, but it has forever redefined Hong Kong politics. Seen from a broad historical view, it has won plenty.
Bhutan, the only country in the world to make “Gross National Happiness (GNH)” a national policy, has also drawn up a social media policy with an interesting twist: social networks can be an important tool for GNH and good governance.
Is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sincere about his wish to hold a summit with President Park Geun-hye? Judging by his recent comments at the Japanese Diet, either Abe has no desire to meet with Park or his political judgment has become so clouded that he cannot see the consequences of his remarks.
For most Haitians, the death of onetime dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier revives painful memories of the era of anguish and fear when he and his equally brutal father ruled the impoverished Caribbean nation. In life, “Baby Doc” cheated the Haitian people by robbing them of their dignity and national patrimony. In death, he cheated justice by avoiding a trial for corruption and human rights charges.
In the age of new media that we live in, we are experiencing an exciting and revolutionary evolution of cultures.
Several years back, during an interview with the Dalai Lama, I questioned the Tibetan leader on the 17-Point Agreement signed in 1951 between the Lhasa government and Beijing. It seemed clear that whatever the Chinese then offered to the Tibetans was not implemented on the ground by Beijing.
Apart from how to “dissolve the colors” — the jargon for making both camps of the Thai political divide co-exist peacefully — a major question hanging in the air for everyone contemplating political reform has to do with the highly politicized anti-corruption mechanism.
It does seem like the sound of complaints about the rising cost of living is getting louder. Higher costs mean people have to stretch their ringgit a little further than before.
The Asian Games, a multi-sport competition featuring nations from across Asia, has always been my favorite event, besides the World Cup, the Summer Olympics and the Asian Cup of soccer, especially if the Asiad, as it is formally called, is held in East Asia.
On Sept. 25, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Muslim president of the world's third-largest democracy, came to Washington to inaugurate a statue of a Hindu goddess in front of his nation's embassy.