Saturday, December 14, 2013
While final exams and the end of the semester are fast approaching for students across America, there's an early report card which was just delivered with grades for math, reading, and science. Regrettably, students in the United States don't rate terribly well against their global peers, especially those in East Asia. But wait, there's more to the story.
In the span of 12 days, four journalists in four provinces were attacked by unidentified gunmen. Three of them died, and one was seriously injured. If this murderous spree does not set alarm bells ringing in the corridors of Malacanang, perhaps there aren't any alarm bells in place?
Amid a mounting political crisis, the United States is turning up the heat on Ukraine's leaders, seeking to push the former Soviet republic into the EU's embrace and away from the grasp of former foe Russia.
A China state television investigative report accusing Starbucks of overcharging local customers for coffee triggered enormous disquiet among journalists at the network and even some soul-searching after it aired.
Friday, December 13, 2013
When people talk about Deng Xiaoping, some of his most famous quotes come to mind: “hunker down to bide time” (韜光養晦) and “never seek hegemony” (永不稱霸). There are many other admonitions that Deng wanted his comrades to bear in mind, like “friends must be made, but know them in your heart” (朋友要交, 心中有數).
Sit down, gridlock. After years on the bench, compromise is taking a turn in Congress, however briefly, in the form of a budget deal that is modest in size yet marks a major step away from brinkmanship.
South Africa's long goodbye to Nelson Mandela was seen as an opportunity for the ruling African National Congress to cement ties with the revered icon. Instead it has underscored the distance between him and its current leaders.
China has lost its key North Korean interlocutor with the purging of Kim Jong Un's uncle, but analysts say the young leader's tightening grip on power may be welcomed by Beijing, which prizes stability in its wayward nuclear-armed ally.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
South Africans who jeered their president at freedom icon Nelson Mandela's memorial service spoke of their disillusion at the failure of 20 years of democracy to yield a better life for all.
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's appointment of an old military ally as his deputy may shield one of Africa's longest-serving rulers from risks at home and abroad.