We've all faked it. Whether once or twice or a few dozen times -- be it through forced smiles or forged signatures, replicated art pieces or plagiarized papers, fake IDs or fake orgasms -- we have all faked our way through social occasions, conversations, professional ladders and -- if one can bring an honest admission of ribaldry here -- sexual situations, where faking it is a lot more helpful than making it.
2015/5/25, 1 Comment
For two full weeks or thereabouts in April the media in the West, particularly the U.S., were ablaze with news of hundreds of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean while attempting to cross illegally to European shores.
Politically correct Filipinos are caught in a bind. On the showdown with Beijing in the West Philippine Sea, the nationalist position is to oppose China's aggression, expose its outrageous "nine-dash line," and resist its creeping conquest of contested islands.
If there is one new global leader who captured public imagination in the last year, it is India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi; 365 days on, how has he performed?
Although I write on general trends and try not to predict the future, one has to admit that we have never had a period when data is all over the place and the future is truly murky. Just over 150 years ago, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln said, "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew."
Shortly after announcing it had canceled United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's planned visit to the country this week, North Korea declared it had the ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons, which is a step toward building nuclear missiles.
The symbolic gesture of Chinese leader Xi Jinping meeting Narendra Modi in Xian, making the Indian prime minister the first world leader to be hosted outside Beijing, underlined the tenacity of historical links between the two peoples. These links embody the Silk Road that connected China and India through trade, scholarship and cultural affinity in an era of soft borders, long before the advent of nation-states and their jealousies and rivalries.
A crisis engulfing Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants and asylum seekers is currently plaguing Southeast Asia.
Data released by the South Korea National Tax Service this week drew attention again to a wide gender wage gap in the country and the need to bring more South Korean women into the workforce.
Shelter remains the top priority for the more than 2.8 million people in Nepal, according to U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who no longer have a roof over their heads.