Hundreds of journalists have met Somaly Mam, a Cambodian who has waged an unceasing campaign against the trafficking of young girls for commercial sex. I got to know her back in October 2011.
“If you don't mind, it don't matter,” as the old saying goes.
Whether Taiwan-owned factories in mainland China, or Korean manufacturing plants in Vietnam, labor conditions are understandably a topic of focus when things go awry.
The defeat of a candidate from the Malaysian opposition in the Teluk Intan by-election over the weekend came as a shock to the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance, not least because the low turnout suggested many young people did not bother returning home to vote.
It has been more than six months since The Gambia withdrew its embassy in the R.O.C.; however, the West African nation has yet to cement official relations with the People's Republic, which begs the question: Exactly how did President Yahya Jammeh's administration profit from this move?
As the rumor mill continues to turn, incumbent New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu has yet to announce whether he will be seeking re-election, despite the nine-in-one polls coming up soon at year's end.
Strained relations between Japan and South Korea, which have shown no signs of improvement, cast a dark shadow over a tripartite agreement with the United States to share information on defense against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.
The premier international conference on public health policy is the World Health Assembly (WHA), organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), which attracts Ministers of Health and other top health officials as well as non-governmental organizations to Geneva every year.
For the first time in history, ASEAN foreign ministers ended a meeting in Cambodia without issuing the customary joint communique. There had been disagreement over the growing assertiveness of China in the South China Sea.
From gruesome gang rapes to targeted killings of Ahmadis, violent hate crimes continue to cast their shadow over the body politic in Pakistan. Some would argue that there has been a distinct upsurge in such incidents, suggesting that the country is progressively becoming a more violent society. This may be so, but my sense is that, more than anything else, increased media coverage is bringing more and more incidents of violence to light.