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The most fashionable word after Brexit and Trump's triumph in 2016 as U.S. president-elect was "post-truth," roughly defined as the "cherry-picking of data to support emotive politics." If there is no truth or objective facts, because all media is subject to manipulation, are we then living in "alt-future," an alternative future where there are no truths, only selective lies?
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Twenty years ago, Hong Kong was handed over to China by Britain, its colonial master for 156 years. The decision had been made earlier by China's diminutive but doughty leader Deng Xiaoping, and the reputedly unbending "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher had little choice but to acquiesce.
 
So long, Year of the Monkey - A glance back at the winners and losers of 2016
Enter the Rooster, exit the Monkey. Once again, as the new year begins, we take at look at who's in and who's out in Asia.
 
Japan seems to worried over the prospect of the People's Republic of China supporting Okinawan independence.
 
We'll start at the top of the picture. I will cast several of the verbs in the present, not the past (time) tense. One reason for doing so is that readers should sense these scenes as actually occurring in the present, not in the past.
 
Just before Christmas, a summit in Moscow brought together the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey. President Vladimir Putin of Russia orchestrated this major meeting.
 
A school event in Taiwan came to the forefront of international media attention last week. A group of students from a private high school wore self-fashioned Nazi uniforms and wielded swastika banners at their school's "Christmas and Thanksgiving Costume Parade" on Dec. 23.
 
China's craving for hegemony
As 2016 draws to a close, China's economic, political and military posture is higher than ever.
 
West African island nation Sao Tome and Principe cut off diplomatic relations with Taiwan last Wednesday. The ties were established in 1997 when Sao Tome switched diplomatic recognition from Beijing to Taipei.
 
You may have read last Wednesday in a local newspaper about a special kind of convenience store in the Xinyi district of Taipei that called it quits this past week. This is a place and a story that offers lessons to ponder.
 
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