The annual round of musical chairs in the U.N. Security Council came early this year as elections for five new non-permanent members to the 15-member council were held as to give prospective countries more time to prepare for their two-year tenure beginning in January. But while the timing may have been shifted from the usual October vote, the broad political substance was largely unchanged.
Brexit proves that the phenomenon of disengagement and nationalism is gathering steam.
Incoming Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has set high expectations complete with time frames for himself. Will he be able to deliver on those promises?
The British referendum on quitting the European Union, which is causing tremors across Europe, is being used by China to strengthen its arguments against democracy.
Taipei's mass-circulation Chinese-language United Daily News published last Wednesday a very interesting story about litigation started by "Vote-Buying President Cao Kun's" granddaughter Cao Jifang (曹繼方) against the Academia Historica (國立國史館).
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Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for ... Imagine all the people, living life in peace." -- John Lennon
Disputes and confrontations over portions of the Pacific Ocean continue to grow.
It's a deal! The Islamic Republic of Iran is set to buy 100 American-made Boeing civilian airliners for a price tag of almost US$25 billion. The sale, which has been quietly in the works for some months now, can be directly linked to last summer's Iran nuclear accord reached in Vienna by the United States and five other powers, which in effect trades Tehran's presumed nuclear transparency for a lifting of stifling economic sanctions on the Islamic republic. Why am I not surprised?
He may provoke strong disdain among important voting blocs, but Donald Trump is now in a two-horse race. With the potential of more Hillary email scandals to come, not to mention Trump's track record of proving pundits wrong, he has a chance of winning.