It's a hard truth, but not everyone has what it takes to be a volunteer at Protect And Save The Children, a non-governmental organization that deals with child sexual abuse.
The scandal involving the false labeling of food seems to be endless. It has spread from the hotel industry to restaurants and the food sections of department stores, among other businesses.
Of the first images of the devastating power that Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) bore as it barreled through the Visayan islands, what struck me most was the grainy footage of the frenzied swaying of chandeliers in an old cathedral in Leyte, the roof of which was torn off piece by piece by the howling wind. Throughout the day, television stations had seemed hard-pressed to show scenes of massive destruction that somehow would match the worldwide attention Yolanda had garnered even before it made landfall.
In the run up to the Third Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party on Nov 9-11, 2013, Premier Li Keqiang gave an overview of his reform priorities at a lecture to the 16th Chinese Workers' Association on Oct 21 in Beijing. It was a lesson in Likenomics 101.
This is what we were talking about — the manner in which the “amnesty bill” has been rewritten for just one man and then rushed through the House of Representatives. This is why the term “abuse of democratic mandate” was invented and then unfortunately mistaken as an effort by “coup apologists” to defend all the things that happened to Thaksin Shinawatra. This is why the Thai democracy is so associated with corruption, so much so that we can never be sure which one is the real driving force.
During Indonesia's Suharto years from 1966 to 1998, a joke making the rounds in Jakarta had it that the most important qualification to become president was having past experience as a president.
China will consider easing restrictions on interest rates and currency conversion as part of a highly anticipated raft of market reforms that could be unveiled at a key Communist Party meeting this week.
The abrupt discontinuation of television programs on the pro-Thaksin Shinawatra Asia Update television station, by red-shirt co-leaders who publicly oppose the blanket amnesty bill, has exacerbated the rift within the red-shirt movement as never before.
Since its entry to the Arctic Council as a permanent observer in May, Singapore officials have been busy stamping its name on Arctic projects.
China's economy is showing signs of a rebound. An anti-corruption drive has nabbed several top officials. There is progress on the foreign relations front, like gaining some respect from major powers such as the United States and relaunching a charm offensive in Southeast Asia.