The world is courting Africa, and about time too. The United States has fallen way behind China and is now trying to make up lost ground. Meanwhile other emerging economies, led by China, are strengthening their ties with the rapidly developing continent.
It is too early to speculate, but in the absence of a distress call, investigators looking into the sudden disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) Boeing 777-200 plane over the South China Sea are already working on two distinct theories — a catastrophic electrical failure or a mid-air explosion.
One of the great ironies of the information age is learning to deal with information scarcity amid the white noise of information overload.
For three days last week, more than 250 journalists belonging to ethnic groups from all over Myanmar gathered here with clear objectives: to make their voices heard and to strengthen their nascent media network, as well as improve journalistic skills and professionalism. The presence of top senior officials from the Ministry of Information (MOI) including Deputy Minister U Pike Htwe was an indicator of the importance Naypyidaw attached to the role of ethnic media played in the country's democratic transformation.
In 1999, when Chen Shui-bian was all set to run for president, his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) issued a national defense policy white paper. Recently, so did Su Tseng-chang, DPP chairman and eager to seek Taiwan's highest public office in 2016. He called his defense building master plan a blue paper. It is the fifth in a series of party blue papers, and the best researched and written one.
- Joe Hung
In Fukuyama city, Hiroshima prefecture, stands the Holocaust Education Center, the only such facility in this region and a place where Japanese children can find out about Jewish teenage war diarist Anne Frank.
As we contemplate the recent shot in the foot that the government of the People's Republic of China gave itself, it is useful to remember how the scourge of prejudice appears in nearly every culture under the sun.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has a positive relationship with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and the Ukraine crisis makes that more important. Merkel, who speaks Russian, has telephoned Putin at least three times in recent days. Putin is not Adolf Hitler, but in other dimensions Germany's history regarding Russia is important.
Singaporeans will likely huddle around their TV sets in June to watch World Cup soccer — but only if they pay, once again, a fee higher than anyone else on earth.
Less than a week after the spectacular closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided for an encore and invaded the sovereignty of neighboring Ukraine. The chill winds of the Cold War have returned to Europe and the halls of diplomacy.