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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
"Deeply saddened, frustrated and disappointed" is how British ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft described last week's events in the United Nations Security Council.
It's been a very long race, but the finishing line is now fast approaching.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are both taking a big gamble as they agree to work together against the Islamic State group militants in Syria.
The IOC has chosen Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Aside from Education Minister Wu Se-hwa, a polarizing figure standing at the center of the recent controversy on how the nation's past will be taught is doubtful that the current fracas will be resolved.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Historiography refers to both the study of the methodology of historians and development of history as a discipline, and also to a body of historical work on a particular subject. Few laymen know what it is. The methodology is guided by the dictum of Leopold von Rranke, a founder of modern source-based history. Historians have to write "wie es eigentliche gewesen."
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Nearly eight months have passed since last year's local elections. Since its crushing defeat, the Kuomintang (KMT) as the ruling party has yet to rebuild itself, impress the public, or recover backing from traditional supporters and moderate voters. The outcome of the 2016 election is already clear.
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Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party, founded in 2009 by former comedian Beppe Grillo, is itching to govern and has a man primed for the top job.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Turkey has shifted significantly in the war against ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria), and is now striking the enemy directly and permitting the United States-led coalition to use air bases. On July 28, an emergency North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting was held in Brussels, at Turkey's request. Alliance solidarity was reconfirmed.
The era of social networking continues to bring us irrefutable proof that the pen is mightier than the sword -- and more so now than at any other stage of history.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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