Billboards extolling the virtues of Vietnam's ruling communist party now compete for space with international brands such as Heineken, Samsung, and Toshiba in this Southeast Asian nation of 90 million. And here in the capital of Hanoi, bicycles and cyclos have given way to high-end scooters, taxis and personal autos as the preferred mode of transportation.
When Ma Ying-jeou entered office in 2008 with more than 7.65 million votes (the highest ever in the nation's history), the country was in a long standing spat with rival China. Domestically, ideological fatigue had set in from de-Sinification and "name rectification" .................
Last week the Obama administration extended economic sanctions against Myanmar for another year saying the step is necessary despite the progress on democratic reforms.
There is nothing extraordinary in the electoral triumph of Rodrigo Duterte if the percentage of total votes he obtained and the winning margin he garnered are both compared against those achieved by Joseph Estrada in 1998 and by Benigno Aquino III in 2010.
Fifty years ago this week, China embarked on what would turn out to be 10 years of turmoil known as the Cultural Revolution. It was not a revolution in the usual sense, in that it was initiated from above, by Chairman Mao Zedong himself, as he set out to destroy the party....
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
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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.