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In traditional society, the status of the child is determined by the social position of the family from which she springs. Indeed, parents “own” their children, a fact that proceeds from the family's basic role as an economic unit. The state recognizes this, and defers to the primordial authority of parents over their children.
Various threats and dangers became evident this year.
Most of us can clearly recall where we were on Dec 26, 2004, when a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the northern coast of Sumatra triggered a deadly tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean, killing over 226,000 people and causing massive destruction along coastal areas of 14 countries.
Professor Ko Wen-je said last Monday, three days before he assumed office as mayor of Taipei, that he could not understand what the “Consensus of 1992” is, and proposed a “2015 Consensus” to supercede the one reached 22 years ago as a modus vivendi for the conduct of relations between Taiwan and China.
Back in 1711, satirist Alexander Pope wrote only half-humorously in his Essay on Criticism that “Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.”
This Christmas season, devoted to charity and peace, is also the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle in the history of the United States. The U.S. military remains engaged in Afghanistan, and involved elsewhere on the globe even after withdrawal from Iraq. Do lessons of the Second World War apply?
The investigation into the “nut rage” case surrounding Heather Cho, a former senior executive of Korean Air, is entering its final stretch, as prosecutors have asked the court to issue an arrest warrant for her and two more people.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration must take advantage of the ruling parties' impressive victory in the recent House of Representatives election to make headway in addressing various policy issues. Such a move is essential for achieving tangible results in this respect.
A growing global wave of criticism, concern and consternation continues as both the U.N. General Assembly and now the Security Council have firmly condemned North Korea's communist regime for human rights abu ses to its own population.
Bad news for the advocates of spasmodic growth, an economy doesn't work like an inflated balloon. Pumping air stretches the balloon uniformly, but that's not exactly how prosperity gets distributed across the population in a country.
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