The Paris shootings shocked the world and signaled deep polarized views. Why are views so polarized everywhere?
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's 30 years in power are undoubtedly a moment of personal satisfaction. He has walked a long road indeed: Serving the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, defecting to Vietnam, helping to unseat his former chieftains, taking the helm, staging a bloody coup to remove a coalition partner, and running the country virtually unchallenged thereafter.
Now that the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) has been doomed to bankruptcy, tongues are wagging over what's really wrong with it. Lawmakers shot off the government's THSRC financial restructuring plan, without which in effect bankruptcy had to be declared, albeit the bullet train line is running in the black.
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Slow but steady progress has come as I've continued to plow this past week through a mountain of mini-papers (we call them “reflective journals”) my American Literature students have turned in. They hope to get them back on the night of our final exam.
We need no experts to tell us that the digital economy will be more prevalent this year. We will be doing more online transactions in 2015 than ever before.
January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, provides occasion for reflection as well as recognition. We honor his personal courage as well as political impact as catalyst for the civil rights revolution.
Except for a friend who chose to fly out to Hong Kong to sit out the papal visit, I don't know of anyone else who isn't ebullient about the coming of Pope Francis to the Philippines, or isn't interested in it, at the very least. It's as if this very public event is bringing a personal milestone to each person's life, no matter one's religion or atheism or agnosticism.
2015/1/18, 3 Comments
A day before Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines, detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles arrived in court for her continuing trial on plunder and other charges wearing a yellow shirt bearing his image.
“Peripheries” means “outskirts” or “margins,” and it appears quite often in Pope Francis' distinctively Latin American vocabulary. It stood out, for instance, in the brief intervention he made at the pre-conclave congregation in which the assembled cardinals discussed the situation of the Church and its urgent tasks. To appreciate how Francis uses the term is to understand who he is, what kind of Church he envisions, and why he has come to the Philippines at this time.
More than a million people along with 44 world leaders rallied in Paris to proclaim liberty and call for press freedoms in the wake of the radical Islamist media massacre and subsequent terror attacks. The rallies were the biggest since the liberation of Paris from the Nazis in 1944. But while the Americans were a prominent part of the extraordinary events 70 years ago, this time around the U.S. was notably missing.