Speaking at a White House summit last week, U.S. President Barack Obama gave his recommendation for countering violent extremism in the digital age. “We have to confront squarely and honestly the twisted ideologies that these terrorist groups use to incite people to violence,” Obama said. “We need to find new ways to amplify the voices of peace and tolerance and inclusion, and we need to do it online.”
For the longest time, people looked to the Oscars to know which Hollywood movies to check out or download, who made it to this year's best- and worst-dressed list, and which hottest couple to watch.
U.S. President Barack Obama put the White House's Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on the right track by bringing into focus the central issue of these times: the preservation of religious freedom, national security and personal dignity for all. Extremists, draped in the stolen robes of faith, debase all of these aspirations.
When the Ukraine crisis erupted one year ago this week, most governments dismissed it as an obscure dispute in a far-away country, of short duration and no lasting consequences.
I recently decided to trim my Facebook friends list. I was foolish enough before to approve almost all friend requests that came my way without any sort of filtering process.
The growth of the coal-mining industry, which has diminished in the last two years, is expected to slump even further this year following weakening demand for coal in the world market. This has been worsened by the more recent tumbling price of oil as the world's main source of energy, which has discouraged the conversion of energy use from oil to coal.
We hardly need to repeat that many members of Korea's elite have problems with their competence and ethical standards. But recent cases tell us that too many people in this society have reached high places despite lacking the professional and personal qualities required of them.
It is reasonable to assume that a historical episode which took place almost 1,000 years ago would no longer be politically controversial today.
2015/2/17, 2 Comments
The elements could have come straight from a Hollywood thriller: secret meetings held in posh hotels around the world, people using code names to avoid detection and the handing over of bags loaded with cash.
Taoyuan City police reported on Feb. 15 that a 54-year-old man with the surname Hsih rode a bus from Nankang District (南港區) to Sanchong District (三重區) carrying a steak knife; he later whistled as he brushed the knife up against the bus' air vent. The behavior caused panic among passengers and the bus driver drove directly to the police station, with the police soon apprehending the mentally disabled perpetrator. The event led many to remember the vicious Taipei MRT attack back in April of 2014.