A new caliphate was born on June 29, 90 years after the last one. The Ottoman Empire was overthrown by Kemal Ataturk, who founded the modern Republic of Turkey in 1924. A major development in Arabic jihadist history, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) declared the reestablishment of the caliphate with its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph of the Islamic State. Baghdadi now wishes to be known as Caliph Ibrahim.
- Joe Hung
Wednesday's presidential election lived up to the government's billing of all polls as a “fiesta of democracy.” The day went peacefully although not necessarily free from fraud, and the mood across the nation was one of a truly festive nature.
Summer brings hot weather, especially politically on the Korea Peninsula. North Korea has announced that two detained American tourists, Jeffrey Edward Fowle and Matthew Todd Miller, will be put on trial for provocative acts. Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae has been imprisoned since November 2012.
The people's ASEAN would not be a reality if the politics is not right – both the domestic political systems in which the people live and the wider regional order that underpins the peace, stability and prosperity of their lives.
A 22 year old Florida man sets off a suicide bomb in Syria. Seven Dutch jihadis are killed in combat with Syrian army units.
My mother knocked at the bathroom door one morning, yelling, “Come out and watch the TV, doctors in Singapore say that smartphone addiction is a psychiatric disorder!”
2014/7/12, 1 Comment
Korea will probably conclude free trade agreements with its major trade partners by the end of the year, with President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, having finally agreed to wrap up negotiations on a bilateral trade accord by December.
You'd think tourists would be a timorous crowd, that they'd go only where they think it's safe to go. Not where it's safe, but where they think it is. That should mean a windfall for the Philippines, as Thailand-heading vacationers think twice, for example.
Occasionally, I pass by the private mansion of President Park Geun-hye in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, after attending an early morning service at the Hyundai Presbyterian Church about 300 meters away. A police car that was parked there for some time after her inauguration is no longer there and a lone patrolman stands guard to ward off any possible trespassers from entering the house now empty of its master.
Recently, South Korea was severely hit by two major disasters. One was the sinking of the Sewol ferry, which cost hundreds of young lives, and the other was the shooting at a frontline barracks in which five soldiers were killed and seven others wounded. Both incidents shook the nation and stirred up the wrath of so many angry mothers, who have to send their children on school excursions and eventually to the military, which is mandatory in Korea.