Just as he re-emphasized on Monday, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's down-to-earth leadership platforms will determine the direction of his foreign policy in the next five years, meaning that there will be little room for jargon and verbose claims of achievements, such as about the pivotal role Indonesia plays in managing international conflicts. But it does not mean the foreign ministry will set aside other basic and traditional missions.
Last week a political earthquake took place in Greece when the new party Syriza won the national election on an anti-austerity platform.
The period between Christmas and Chinese New Year is a period of grave reflection. In East Asia, the holiday season coincides with travel and family time, when we question friends and relatives about what to expect in the coming year. You know the year will be good if after Chinese New Year, either the stock market or the real estate market signals up. If they signal down, look for a weak year for the economy.
Every year, without fail, course books do not reach students of public schools at the start of the academic session.
Interpellations by ruling and opposition party members on the fiscal policy speech delivered by Finance Minister Taro Aso started at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. This is the first full-fledged debate since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's third Cabinet was inaugurated.
The 18-year-old Korean boy believed to have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria began suffering from school violence when he was in elementary school. He confined himself to his home, seldom talking to his parents, after dropping out of middle school.
China's premier Li Keqiang went hiking in the Swiss Alps around Davos just before addressing delegates at the World Economic Forum (WEF) held here last week.
Unless better sense prevails and all stakeholders choose the route of dialogue to address their differences, the impoverished state of Yemen could well plunge into anarchy.
North Korea last week made it clear that the South would have to lift blanket sanctions it imposed on the North in 2010 before the two sides could resume dialogue.
Sex (or controversy) sells. Couple it with Pakistan, and you have got a big story.