It may not be as significant as the epochal 1978 event that transformed communist China and put it on a path to becoming the world's No. 2 economy, but the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) recent policy summit might still claim a spot in history.
If there's one lesson we can learn from the Supreme Court's decision against pork barrel spending, it's that we shouldn't take shortcuts with the Constitution, however tempting and convenient. And for that lesson, now is the best “teaching moment,” as we reel from the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda and constitutional checks and balances stand in the way of quick action.
What is interesting with regard to Indonesian democracy is that it paves the way for people to come to power through the use of family relationships, as seen in the clans of a number of governors — Ratu Atut Chosiyah, Syahrul Limpo, Sinyo Sarundajang and Sjachroedin ZP and many more at the regency or municipal levels across the nation.
If there's one steryotype about people from Singapore, it's of a people who are materialistic and kiasu (translated to English as “afraid to lose”), always judging people by the money they have.
The sectarian violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state in 2012 escalated to a larger conflict between Muslims and Buddhists in the central part of the country in 2013.
Suthep Thaugsuban's call for widespread civil disobedience might have been aimed at firing up the protesters at Bangkok's Democracy Monument. It was, at most, a symbolic gesture.
Argentina's next leader will likely try to end interventionist policies that scare off investment, although any reform effort is sure to hit a wall when it comes to cutting popular subsidies that also distort the economy.
About a year ago, as negotiators met at an annual United Nations climate change conference in Qatar's capital Doha, Typhoon Bopha struck the Philippines. Over 1,000 people were killed and tens of thousands were left homeless.
The coverage of the Preah Vihear Temple's promontory might matter for many nationalists but it pales next to the 4.6-square-kilometer area claimed by Thailand that was fortunately not included in the definition of the temple's “vicinity” under Cambodian control by the World Court on Monday.
Already deemed a stronger leader than his predecessors, President Xi Jinping has emerged from his first policy summit looking more powerful than before.