On the night of July 31, a series of gas explosions ripped Kaohsiung City apart. They were explosions on a scale unknown in the city, resulting in 30 people dead and more than 300 injured.
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As I prepare a mid-term examination these days for students in a survey course in American Literature, I am quite conscious of a doubt that's been nagging at me the past three or four years.
The immediate aftermath of Veterans Day, and all the related media commentary, is a good time for reflection on our military and our democratic nation. National Public Radio interviews with two leaders are especially instructive.
The recent drop in world oil prices — from more than US$100 a barrel in June to about US$80 a barrel now — will benefit the global economy, American consumers and a beleaguered U.S. foreign policy. And there are reasons to think oil could remain in the US$75-to-$95 range for the next two years.
The Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), which generally promises greater benefits than other regional trade pacts currently under negotiation, has finally got off the ground a decade after it was first broached by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders.
Three recent judicial review applications have ruffled the feathers of many conservative Muslims in Malaysia.
One of my favorite activities in the “Assassin's Creed” games is diving off the top of a tall building into a conveniently placed haystack. I've done it hundreds of times over the franchise's seven-year run, but until now I've never gotten stuck in the hay.
Not much of Pakistan operates on merit. Connections procure jobs, recommendations procure promotions, an uncle in this bureaucracy, a brother in that one, all of it together amounts to the favors and facilitators that are needed to get where one wants to be.
From celebrations in united Germany marking the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall to those in the United States over midterm elections delivering a more evenly divided Washington, what a week it has been for division, past and present.