South Koreans were led to believe that public safety would receive the utmost attention following last year's Sewol ferry disaster, which has been attributed to, among other things, blatant disregard for safety in pursuit of monetary gains.
South Korea's exports dropped 4.2 percent from a year earlier in March, following the 0.7 percent and 3.4 percent losses in January and February, respectively, according to data released by the central bank last week.
The Indonesia government made the right decision in unblocking Islamist websites, but not because blocking them was undemocratic.
A popular proverb whose origin is attributed to Joseph Kennedy, father of President John F. Kennedy, is "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
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Some folks may picture Taipei as a fishbowl of sorts for so-called foreigners. It is not unusual for local friends to assume that quite a few of us from outside the country are all but automatic acquaintances or actual friends of foreigners they happen to know of. Don't we "lao wai" all know each another? Don't we all move in the same circles? Ha ha.
The visit of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington has dominated news headlines and discussion. Meanwhile, the visit of another leader of an important U.S. ally has received far less coverage.
Throughout the chaos, calamity and conflict which has befallen the Middle East, there are few groups which have come under such intense attack as Christians and minority ethnic communities. As countries like Iraq and Syria face the sharp end of ethnic and political strife, the persecution of small but significant Christian communities by terrorist elements such as Islamic State has tragically followed. This deadly plague of religious persecution has spilled over into neighboring countries including Libya and Egypt.
As the first quarter of 2015 comes to a close, ambitions for regional economic integration are running high in Asia. Three major frameworks for economic integration are slated for completion this year.
A recent survey conducted by Ming Chuan University shows that an astounding 83.49 percent of respondents are satisfied with the performance of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), whose rise to one of the most prominent positions in Taiwan politics is nothing short of astonishing. This feat is made even more amazing given that Ko, now riding a wave of political success, isn't even a politician in the strictest sense of the word.
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North Korea this week downplayed South Korea's recent decision to join a China-led financial institution as a trade-off for the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defence system on its soil. Uriminzokkiri, the North's propaganda website, claimed the U.S. was strengthening its push to send a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence battery to the peninsula in return for letting the South become a founder member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.