Yesterday, the Indonesian military (TNI) celebrated its 70th anniversary. Unintentionally established by a bunch of nationalistic militias in a collective fight for independence from colonization, the TNI has evolved into a structured, hierarchical organization that helped establish a sovereign Indonesian state and shaped it into what it is now.
The fuel crisis created by the unofficial blockade of Nepal by India has launched a discourse on the country's energy security. As Nepal is completely dependent on India for petroleum products, a halt in fuel shipments has led to an acute shortage, forcing the government to ration gasoline, implement an odd-even system for vehicular movement and stop providing fuel to private automobiles altogether.
The "red shirt" rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur not so much intensified already fractious race relations in Malaysia as brought to light the insecurities felt by the many Malaysians who identify themselves ethnically, whether they be the majority Malays or minority Chinese and Indians.
The similarities between journalism and activism are obvious, but the differences are subtle.
Since Aug. 11, when mainland China announced that it is devaluating the yuan, world attention has been trained on China's economy in an effort to understand what is happening in the world's second largest economy.
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered a speech in the United States on Sept. 22 at a welcoming dinner hosted by the Washington state governor in his honor.
With the bursting of the mainland Chinese stock market bubble in July and the slight but unexpected depreciation of the yuan, by about 4 percent in August, the world markets have panicked and doomsayers are coming out in droves to predict the imminent collapse of the Chinese economy.
For the generations that came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, the satirical Mad magazine was the best guide to seeing the world as it really was.
Rather than a form of recognition for the junta, chairmanship of the Group of 77 is a test of the country's skill at coordinating development.
When the "Digital India" initiative of the Indian prime minister receives the backing of none other than Google CEO Sundar Pichai, one can't help but look at it with admiration. This CEO of Indian origin, and his compatriot Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, are among the talented products of India's world class tech institutes, Indian Institutions of Technology (IITs). Silicon Valley's strength depends on these IIT graduates.