While America seems transfixed on a spate of six separate Middle East crises, there's been far less attention paid on the brewing storm in Europe. Thus as political/military efforts are focused on trying to sort out Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Iran, Washington policymakers have been blindsided by fast unraveling events in Ukraine. We had better take notice of a very dangerous situation.
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.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and many countries are gearing up to commemorate major historical events.
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.
It may just be a coincidence that last year's Taipei Metro attack occurred a little more than a month after the Sunflower Movement in which young student activists occupied the debating chamber of the Legislative Yuan from March 18 to April 10 and broke into and ransacked the Executive Yuan on March 23.
- Joe Hung
Just the other morning I read of someone trying to do two things at the same time, and winding up making a big mess of everything. It was a guy, I remember, and he was driving a car and, now, what was he trying to do while driving that car? I forget. I know it was a man, not a woman.
While U.S. President Barack Obama's Jan. 20 State of the Union address garnered much greater media attention, the joint press conference the previous week with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron was revealing — and perhaps more important.