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The United States' decision to lift all restrictions on arms sales to Vietnam slays the ghosts of the Cold War, even as it shows how Washington is squaring up to face new challenges to its global dominance.
 
It was a challenging conversation. The Moroccan parliamentarian I was talking to wasn't having any of it. Egypt was the largest Muslim country in the world, he insisted. Why on earth was I talking about Indonesia?
 
Like turkeys praying for a Christmas they would probably never enjoy, large sections of Britons are being lured by a Europhobic popular press and jingoistic politicians into thinking it would be a good thing if their country left the European Union.
 
A coalition government with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has been proposed by presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with an offer of at least four Cabinet portfolios -- agrarian reform, social welfare, environment and natural resources, and labor.
 
When the band struck up Taiwan's national anthem, all eyes were on newly sworn-in President Tsai Ing-wen.
 
Billboards extolling the virtues of Vietnam's ruling communist party now compete for space with international brands such as Heineken, Samsung, and Toshiba in this Southeast Asian nation of 90 million. And here in the capital of Hanoi, bicycles and cyclos have given way to high-end scooters, taxis and personal autos as the preferred mode of transportation.
 
When Ma Ying-jeou entered office in 2008 with more than 7.65 million votes (the highest ever in the nation's history), the country was in a long standing spat with rival China. Domestically, ideological fatigue had set in from de-Sinification and "name rectification" .................
 
Last week the Obama administration extended economic sanctions against Myanmar for another year saying the step is necessary despite the progress on democratic reforms.
 
There is nothing extraordinary in the electoral triumph of Rodrigo Duterte if the percentage of total votes he obtained and the winning margin he garnered are both compared against those achieved by Joseph Estrada in 1998 and by Benigno Aquino III in 2010.
 
Rodrigo Duterte's stunning victory in the presidential election marks the latest twist in the problematic saga of Philippine democratization since the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution that overthrew the Marcos dictatorship.
 
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