Rodrigo Duterte's stunning victory in the presidential election marks the latest twist in the problematic saga of Philippine democratization since the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution that overthrew the Marcos dictatorship.
Taiwan is officially known as the Republic of China, abbreviated as R.O.C. But a diplomatic squabble the R.O.C. started with the People's Republic of China late last month has let an American journal make the abbreviation stand for "Republic of Cheating." Funny? Cynical?, 3 Comments
I do not know whether others with this same avocation might agree with me. I can tell you, however, that without a strong sense of emotion, I cannot offer words that are worth reading., 1 Comment
The criminal destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine is back in the news in important ways. The association Bellingcat has just released a report with remarkably specific evidence implicating Russia.
Stressing that terrorism "can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach" involving the active participation and collaboration of all states, the U.N. Security Council hosted an open debate on developing a counter-narrative campaign to dissuade, discourage and ultimately defuse this widening global threat which is increasingly disseminated through the internet and social media.
Chinese political dictionaries define an overseas Chinese person as a Chinese national who resides overseas. That is a narrow, legal definition. But many people, including the Chinese government, use it loosely to mean any person of Chinese ethnicity living outside China, regardless of whether that person is a citizen of Australia, Canada, the United States or any other country., 1 Comment
During the past May Day "Golden Week" holiday, one of the most important tourism periods in the mainland Chinese calendar, tens of thousands of people visited the yet-to-open Shanghai Disneyland.
Koo Kuan-min, the staunchest Taiwan independence campaigner and founder of the think tank Taiwan Brain Trust, called a press conference last Monday to air his "Brotherly Countries" (兄弟之邦) solution to the problems of divided China.
The days when global oil production was symbolized by Arab states are gone, and important contemporary events confirm a new reality. In mid-April, governments of major oil producing nations failed to achieve agreement on cutting back their production.
On Mother's Day this year, all of us, regardless of our stations in life, are likely to have our mothers powerfully in our minds.