Monday, March 30, 2015
A local English newspaper ran this headline last Sunday for an article about cars, trucks, roads, injuries and deaths: “Failure to yield cause of accidents.” That headline pushes us to consider the many ways native speakers of English (of the American variety) use the term “yield.”
So Taiwan wants to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank or AIIB. Join Taiwan must as President Ma Ying-jeou said in an exclusive interview with The China Times on last Thursday.
> Joe Hung
The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. Yet the sluggish pace of the recovery has a silver lining: This growth spurt has proved to be one of the most durable since World War II.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went into the recent parliamentary elections with a sharp turn to the right that yielded the results he sought.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
“The Four Tigers” is a shorthand label for the dynamic economies of East Asia that achieved strikingly rapid growth from the 1960s into the 1990s — Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
Saudi-led airstrikes alone are unlikely to crush Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels but a ground incursion would risk a bloody “quagmire” and escalating tensions with Tehran, experts say.
U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq's deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.
When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the U.S. Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.
Sebastien Chenu, a former gay activist, does not seem a typical member of France's far-right National Front (FN), a party accused of deeply reactionary views with a history of homophobia.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
The Obama administration and the tireless U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry endlessly strive for and speak about reaching a nuclear “deal” with Iran.