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The issue of exploitation of child domestic laborer does not catch our attention in Bangladesh unless there is sensational news of torture in the media.
There is a remarkable novelty in the craft of Svetlana Alexievich, the 68-year-old Belarusian writer who has won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. The fact that she is now settled in Ukraine conveys a very different message to the likes of Vladimir Putin in the context of his expansionist designs over the former Soviet satellites, Belarus included. Svetlana has famously been able to bridge the gap between historiography and literature, a critical departure from at least three facets -- the standard narrative, subaltern studies and the history of literature.
Over the last few days quite a lot has been said about back-channel diplomacy between India and Pakistan. This is something of a paradox, for the back channel, by definition, must be far removed from the public gaze, and even if its existence is known and whether or not it may be currently active, not much usually comes to light about what takes place within this most private of forums. Moreover,
When U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry steamed into Japan's Edo (now Tokyo) Bay with his "black ships of evil mien (men)" on July 8, 1853, he forced open Japan, which the Tokugawa shoguns had run for 250 years as a reclusive feudal state.
The U.S. and 11 other countries in the Pacific Rim reached a basic agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Oct. 5.
Could the latest United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) registration be misunderstood as a stamp of approval given by an international organization to mainland China's one-sided claim concerning historical perception? This is a serious situation.
Among 47 new inscriptions, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added documents of the Nanjing Massacre to the Memory of the World Register on Friday. International recognition of the documentary heritage that testifying to the atrocities committed in the city is an important part of international efforts to preserve the collective memory of mankind and promote peace and justice.
Mayor Eric Chu of New Taipei City made an unforgivable mistake right after the party had been routed in Taiwan's first nationwide local elections. As the only Kuomintang (KMT) mayor of Taiwan's six special municipalities, he is the hope of the party defeated in last year's nine-in-one elections for remaining in power after increasingly unpopular President Ma Ying-jeou steps down in May next year. When he declared his candidacy for KMT chairman, Chu promised not to run for president in 2016.
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Once again in Afghanistan, the Taliban has captured headlines through a spectacular and startling military attack. On Sept. 28, the extremist Islamic movement overran the major city of Kunduz. Afghan government forces were quick to counterattack. Reliable sources report the Afghan military retook the city center Oct. 5, but fighting continues. The inadvertent U.S. attack on a hospital adds further complication.
Without a doubt, certain choices we make about the words we use really do make a difference. Language is important. Language matters.
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