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After a year of mortal racist attacks in different parts of the U.S. -- as often as not in connivance with or perpetrated by white police officers -- Hillary Clinton has advanced the severest condemnation yet of what she calls the "reality of systemic racism," of a degree that the country has not been able to "face up to."
 
There are two issues that the Nepal government should prioritize at this moment -- post-earthquake reconstruction and the implementation of the constitution. After major delays, the government is finally moving ahead with the first.
 
The New Power Party (NPP), a small party -- yet the third largest party in the Legislative Yuan -- issued a statement last Friday lauding the government for its all-out efforts to prevent the deportation from Malaysia of 20 Taiwanese nationals suspected of cyber fraud to China.
 
Whoever dominates the mobile-phone industry dominates the internet. The whole world of information is now available in your hand, replacing your own mind as a repository of information needed in decision-making.
 
"An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth," is a useful starting place for discussion of the influence of Pope Francis, who is proving to be a remarkably active and activist leader of the Roman Catholic Church. To modern readers, the Biblical quote (Exodus 21:24) may seem brutal, but the Old Testament sentiment actually meant revolutionary progress.
 
Calling for an end to "human trafficking and other forms of human slavery," British Cardinal Vincent Nichols presented a stunning testimony against the "resurgence of slavery" where up to 21 million people are affected by the scourge. As archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Nichols has led the fight against global human trafficking, which given recent chaos around the world, is actually now on the rise.
 
In February the biotech blue chip OBI Pharma (浩鼎) announced its breast cancer drug under development failed to achieve "statistical significance" in clinical tests. Since then, the company's stock price has plunged 40 percent, with hundreds of millions of market value evaporating into thin air.
 
In the wake of the U.S.-ASEAN Sunnylands Summit in February, a lot has been said about how ASEAN matters for great powers. It is a historical time for U.S.-ASEAN relations. However, in light of the recent ASEAN foreign ministers retreat in Laos, we need to ask: What does ASEAN mean today for its member countries?
 
For a country that believes strongly in noninterference in other countries' internal affairs, China, oddly, is constantly telling other countries what they can and cannot talk about.
 
Mahatma Gandhi once said, to judge how civilized a nation is, just look at how it treats its own minorities. Going by this yardstick, Bangladesh does not make a passing grade.
 
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