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Let us face a harsh reality: the militant Islamic State group in all its hideousness has made the world forget Syria's human tragedy, for such is the callousness of the global community that the number of Syrian dead has become a statistic -- it does not matter whether it is a quarter million or 300,000.
The series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday killed 129 people, and some of those wounded remain in critical conditions. While terrorist attacks are now a regular phenomenon around the world, it still raises indignation every time another bomb goes off killing more people.
"Welcome to India and climb Mt. Everest!" Some day, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would like to see India's tourism industry issuing such advertisements. No one can object to a politician's desire to make a name as a "great" prime minister. But to fulfill his ambition, Modi, the enchanter of Nepalis a year ago, has now become their persecutor.
Again the forces of terror and hate have attacked Paris. Again, and for the second time in a year, we stand in solidarity and weep for the victims. And as the barbarity of the Grim Reaper of jihadi terror swept across Paris on a Friday night, the polite Western world is jolted into action and awareness, facing these terrorists who are trying to turn the City of Light into the casbah of darkness and fear.
The general lack of awareness of medical matters, even amongst the educated, can lead to problems that become increasingly entrenched over time.
Persisting with selective memory, fuzzy logic and contrived debates is what sustains global terrorism. Let me explain: If suddenly asked to comment on the scourge, most of us would think back to the murder of publisher Dipan and the latest "French 9/11" terror attacks. That's how it works: We understand abstract concepts in terms of narratives, events, places and personalities. Specifics.
Nepal's ongoing crisis of petroleum oil and cooking gas started when our sole supplier, Indian Oil Corporation, refused to fill our oil tankers and gas bullets, and the Indian border security forces and customs officials blocked oil shipments at the border. The southern neighbor has thereby reneged on its oil trade commitments to pressure Nepal into amending its newly promulgated constitution.
Beirut is a long way from Paris and not merely in terms of distance. In this moment of grief and massacre, France has overshadowed Lebanon and the scale of the barbarism -- perpetrated by IS in both cities -- is arguably not the only factor at play.
If Chuwit Kamolvisit lives up to his reputation for brutal honesty, he will have landed at Suvarnabhumi by the time you are reading this, or at least be in the air, Bangkok-bound. And "with one foot behind bars," as the Thai saying goes, that's courageous. How many politicians or rich celebrities in similar circumstances would choose to leave the safety and comfort of life abroad?
With the picture of the 2016 presidential race finalized after the announcement of Eric Chu and James Soong's vice presidential picks, all eyes are now fixed on the composition of the KMT's legislator-at-large list. Having the perfect lineup with the most ideal players, however, will not help the team if its leaders cannot agree on whether or not it should compete in the current game.
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