It is about time for the Park Geun-hye administration to stop chasing its elusive goal of expanding welfare programs without tax increases. It is unfortunate for the country and possibly damning for future generations to continue to believe that people can enjoy greater welfare services without someone paying for it.
Aspiring to force an order of relations among nations in Asia that would center on China: This basic policy line of the administration of Chinese President Xi Jinping will most likely remain unchanged.
A well-balanced foreign policy is needed for Thailand in light of competition between major powers, mainly the United States and China, to increase their influence over Southeast Asia, said prominent scholars in international relations.
It was quite right for the ruling to denounce this cunning cybercrime.
Yesterday, I took an Implicit Association Test (IAT) and the result showed that I had a slight automatic preference for European American compared to African American. (Interesting; this means I prefer Paris Hilton to Kim Kardashian.)
Among the most ambitious bullet items in U.S. President Barack Obama's US$4-trillion federal budget is a US$1 billion appropriation he hopes will to curb illegal immigration to the United States from three Central American countries.
The hostage crisis involving two Japanese nationals abducted by the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS/ISIL/ISIS) has reminded Japanese once again of the threat that terrorism poses and is likely to prod the nation to change how it deals with terrorism.
Just as he re-emphasized on Monday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's down-to-earth leadership platforms will determine the direction of his foreign policy in the next five years, meaning that there will be little room for jargon and verbose claims of achievements, such as about the pivotal role Indonesia plays in managing international conflicts. But it does not mean the foreign ministry will set aside other basic and traditional missions.
Last week a political earthquake took place in Greece when the new party Syriza won the national election on an anti-austerity platform.
The period between Christmas and Chinese New Year is a period of grave reflection. In East Asia, the holiday season coincides with travel and family time, when we question friends and relatives about what to expect in the coming year. You know the year will be good if after Chinese New Year, either the stock market or the real estate market signals up. If they signal down, look for a weak year for the economy.