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A student at Taoyuan Sinwu Junior High School has recently surprised observers (and one of his teachers) by unconventional, even "strange" behavior. His strange actions do not fall into the category of "strange" as negative or irritating, but rather "strange for the good," we might say. For the past half a year, this student has been writing poems for his daily communication homework for his teacher.
One newspaper called him a "most unlikely pretender to high office," a "dunderhead" with a "big mouth," known for his "scattershot, impulsive style."
In a quiet but contentious campaign, countries are competing for new openings on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council. Many of the contenders for membership on the Geneva-based body include the political Who's Who of authoritarian regimes who are noteworthy abusers of the very human rights they would be slated to protect.
I'm confident it's only a matter of time before Bangkok activists appear on the streets to demand that the government follows what South Korea has done: Launch a safety campaign over smartphone-related collisions between pedestrians and vehicles.
Bangladesh under the premiership of Sheikh Hasina has been consistently warming up to India by getting rid of Indian insurgents on its soil and standing solidly with New Delhi by visibly pulling out of the Islamabad Saarc summit.
In order to assign new missions to the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) on the basis of security-related laws, it is important that procedures are duly carried out.
Should people be given the vote? Are people too stupid to be entrusted with selecting their leaders and the future of their respective nations?
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen refused to bow to Beijing's pressure when she delivered her first National Day speech Monday, Oct. 10, but she called on China to value the positive results of cross-strait exchanges over the past 20 years and called for talks as soon as possible.
"Damn, they're so Lao," Pongsaton Gitprachaya was reported to have said while covering the Motor Expo in Vientiane posted on his Facebook, referring to pictures taken at the event by the Lao photographers. He believed he could have taken better pictures than the Lao photographers did.
Last April, ex-President Fidel Ramos told me and a few others, with a twinkle in his eye, that he was voting Ro-Ro: not Roxas-Robredo, but Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo. It was about time we had a president from Mindanao, he said.
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