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China disdainfully brushed aside on Friday Philippine government reports of new Chinese land reclamation on reefs in the South China Sea.
Unlike our previous infamous coups, the May 22 fait accompli has been a blessing in disguise as it has torn down literally all possible pretences related to Thai-U.S. relations, the region's oldest partnership. It also laid bare the fragility and vulnerability of the friendship. Views that went viral online or in newspaper headlines revealed what the Thais — the elite and common folks — thought about their supposed all-weather friend.
The rise of the Crimea conflict and territorial disputes in the South China Sea suddenly raise the specter that warfare may no longer be a thing of the past. After all, politics is cultural mixing without violence and war is cultural mixing with violence.
If anybody visits the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Masada in Israel, they will be awed by the story of its fall after a long siege laid by a Roman Legion in A.D. 73. All 960 Jews besieged in their mountain top fortress committed mass suicide, as did hundreds of Japanese women and children who jumped off Saipan's “Banzai Cliff” to death in the sea below before the eyes of awestricken U.S. leathernecks in 1944.
The telecom hills are alive with the sounds of mergers, with two at crescendo. In February, Comcast agreed to purchase Time Warner for US$45 billion. AT&T last month announced its purchase of DirecTV, which if confirmed is valued at approximately US$48.5 billion. Other possible deals provide background music, including a Sprint-T-Mobile merger.
Hundreds of journalists have met Somaly Mam, a Cambodian who has waged an unceasing campaign against the trafficking of young girls for commercial sex. I got to know her back in October 2011.
“If you don't mind, it don't matter,” as the old saying goes.
A firestorm of criticism has erupted in the wake of the Obama Administration's politically ham-handed prisoner swap with the Afghan Taliban. The initial good news about the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in Taliban captivity for five years, soon soured after the terms of the deal were announced. We were taken!
Whether Taiwan-owned factories in mainland China, or Korean manufacturing plants in Vietnam, labor conditions are understandably a topic of focus when things go awry.
The defeat of a candidate from the Malaysian opposition in the Teluk Intan by-election over the weekend came as a shock to the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance, not least because the low turnout suggested many young people did not bother returning home to vote.
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