The dust has settled in the house of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over who is going to run for mayor of Taipei at the end of November against Sean Lien, the eldest son of honorary Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan. The opposition party dropped its own nominee Pasuya Yao, a freshman legislator, to let Ko Wen-je, chairman of the Department of Traumatology at the Taiwan University Hospital, run as an independent for the hastily created Pan-Green union against the KMT.
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From the time it began a few years ago, this China Post column has been a fairly free-wheeling affair. The joy I've experienced writing it includes the freedom this newspaper offers me in choice of topics.
“The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression,” bas become standard shorthand for the global financial crash and resulting severe recession. This fall, we will mark the sixth anniversary of the 2008 benchmark bankruptcy of investment house Lehman Brothers.
Set to the tempo of escalating violence, widespread human rights violations, and spreading regional conflict, Syria's civil war continues into its fourth year. But beyond the increasingly grisly statistics, a U.N. panel has concluded the crisis has reached a “tipping point” threatening the entire region. Tellingly, both sides to the conflict, the Assad family regime and the gaggle of Islamic fundamentalist rebel groups share blame for the bloodletting.
According to the Asia University Rankings 2014, published recently by Times Higher Education, when it comes to the nation with the most institutions in the running, Taiwan fell from second to fourth place. National Taiwan University (NTU) is still Taiwan's leading institution and took 14th place, remaining in the same position as last year.
Stories of domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih made headlines when she spoke out against her employer's abhorrent abuse while working in Hong Kong. Gruesome cuts and burns on her body were so bad that she was unable to walk when she returned to Jakarta.
Reports of forced labor in Thailand have drawn little attention from most Thais, though they have become a focus for the international community, led by the U.S.
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Last month's US$400 billion, 30-year China-Russia deal on natural gas, the biggest such deal ever, has implications beyond energy resources and Sino-Russian relations. For one thing, it reaffirms a decision by major emerging economies to move away from the U.S. dollar into their national currencies. At the same time, it is a big step toward the internationalization of the renminbi, or yuan, China's national currency.
The dismal results of government school students in the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam have shamed all Nepalis this week. What is even more alarming is the declining trend of the percentage of students that pass in recent years. In 2011, the pass percentage was 47 percent whereas this year, it is less than 29 percent. Compare that alongside the increasing government expenditure on education. In 2011, the education budget was almost NPR$58 billion whereas in 2014 the number went up to NPR$82 billion.
It seems that the Japanese government is laying the groundwork for a visit to North Korea by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which, if realized, could pose diplomatic challenges not only to South Korea but also other major players in the region.