“Identity politics” is how former U.S. President Bill Clinton sums up the continuing powerful drive for independence in Scotland. He describes the growing worldwide phenomenon of identification with an ethnic or other group as a major challenge to international cooperation.
When I read the question that the freshman had written on a small piece of paper and put into my hand three days ago, a news report of last Monday came to mind.
The people of Scotland have spoken, and they have said No to their independence. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has stepped down as a result, while British Prime Minister David Cameron is credited as the man who saved the Union. The victory of the No camp should not come as a surprise after the huge amount of pressure that was brought to bear on the Yes campaign, with dignitaries high and low coming with promises, threats and dire warnings about an independent Scotland.
Korea's rice market will open fully to foreign imports starting next year, ending 20 years of rice import caps.
Presidents, prime ministers, kings and potentates are gathering in New York for the 69th General Assembly of the U.N. But as diplomats come together for the annual general debate which begins on Sept. 24, there' s a cloud of political and social unease greeting delegations from the 193 member states; issues ranging from regional wars, to humanitarian crises, nuclear proliferation, the spread of infections disease, and the scimitar of ISIS terrorism.
The last time Malaysia was elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), it received an overwhelming 174 votes out of 176 cast. That was 16 years ago.
In recent months, Chinese consumers have seen U.S. companies in mainland China come under government criticism, if not outright attack, for food safety, price fixing and other unsavory practices. The not-so subtle message to China's citizens could well be: don't go thinking foreign brands, products or behaviors are better than those of China.
A senior R.O.C. naval officer yesterday expressed hopes of obtaining submarines from the United States to beef up the defensive capabilities of the nation's armed forces.
Why is history important? Let me begin by asking another question: After 50 years of nationhood, how well do Singapore citizens know their country's history?
Interracial marriage has historically been a contentious issue in many parts of the world and, while legal constraints may have been lifted, it continues to be controversial in many societies.