The vast swath of nine countries bordering the southern reaches of the Sahara desert are marked by poverty, drought and chronic instability.
“I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.”
Over the last 35 years, China has gone through great changes. This period of change presented major challenges to the Communist Party's ideology. Many challenges were dealt with through redefinition and ambiguity. For example, Deng Xiaoping adroitly redefined “workers” to include intellectuals, arguing that while they worked with their minds and not their muscles, they were still workers.
The growth of the coal-mining industry, which has diminished in the last two years, is expected to slump even further this year following weakening demand for coal in the world market. This has been worsened by the more recent tumbling price of oil as the world's main source of energy, which has discouraged the conversion of energy use from oil to coal.
We hardly need to repeat that many members of Korea's elite have problems with their competence and ethical standards. But recent cases tell us that too many people in this society have reached high places despite lacking the professional and personal qualities required of them.
It is reasonable to assume that a historical episode which took place almost 1,000 years ago would no longer be politically controversial today.
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The elements could have come straight from a Hollywood thriller: secret meetings held in posh hotels around the world, people using code names to avoid detection and the handing over of bags loaded with cash.
Taoyuan City police reported on Feb. 15 that a 54-year-old man with the surname Hsih rode a bus from Nankang District (南港區) to Sanchong District (三重區) carrying a steak knife; he later whistled as he brushed the knife up against the bus' air vent. The behavior caused panic among passengers and the bus driver drove directly to the police station, with the police soon apprehending the mentally disabled perpetrator. The event led many to remember the vicious Taipei MRT attack back in April of 2014.
Kao Yu-jen, formerly the youngest speaker of the now defunct Taiwan Provincial Assembly and father-in-law of Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu, fired a broadside in June 2013 to blast President Ma Ying-jeou as incompetent when the latter registered for re-election to continue doubling as leader of the ruling party.
- Joe Hung
I'll get straight to it this time. I don't believe in the idea of segregating school-going students with disabilities from mainstream education. I do not think it's a good idea to move all school-going children into special classes because they live with a disability.