Mars has two new alien visitors. MAVEN, the latest United States space vehicle to reach the planet, entered planned orbit on Sept. 21.
Last week's column ended with a promise to continue a discussion of a problem that many of us care deeply about. That problem is the apparent dwindling of interest in Taiwan in the study of the English language. Interestingly, an article on this very topic that appeared locally in the interim since last Sunday seems to have used the term “learn” without being conscious of a nuance it has in the United States and perhaps other English-speaking lands.
Dementia is a cruel disease that dilapidates not only patients but also their families. Its psychological, physical and financial impact is so severe that we often encounter tragic cases in which people affected by the illness commit suicide, mercy killing or even murder.
Asia's role in the battle against ISIS is increasingly coming into question as governments in the region continue to sit on the sidelines of the fight.
2014/9/28, 1 Comment
The specter and shadow of international terrorism tragically clouds the opening of the U.N. General Assembly session, yet again. The growing menace from ISIS/ISIL jihadi terrorists threatening the sovereignty of Iraq and Syria goes beyond the Middle East and now extends to possible terror strikes in Western Europe and the United States.
More than 100,000 phantom employees on government payrolls have materialized in Hebei, Sichuan, Henan and Jilin provinces. In Hebei alone, more than 100 million yuan (US$16 million) has been recovered.
2014/9/27, 1 Comment
What was set up in Bangladesh to protect the press and its freedom appears to be poised to destroy both.
U.S. President Barack Obama called Kabul on Sunday to congratulate Afghan presidential contenders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah for finally accepting a power-sharing deal to resolve a months-long dispute over who won in an election deeply marred by fraud.
All around the world, eyes were on Scotland last week. Last Thursday's referendum rejected the proposition that Scotland become an independent state.
China's Communist Party has announced that a plenary session of its Central Committee will meet next month and the focus will be on the rule of law. While no one expects the party to allow a fully independent judiciary, there may well be progress while leaving in place the ultimate role of the party.