Allegations against Lien Hui-hsin concerning her ties to a questionable nutritional supplement and diet pill stir thoughts on a number of topics.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper took a hard line on Oct. 29 in testimony before the Intelligence Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He argued that alarm over electronic monitoring of foreign leaders and vast numbers of citizens is misplaced.
A host of “systemic and systematic violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights” continue to plague Iran despite the election of the purportedly reformist President Hassan Rouhani. That's part of a stinging assessment of the current human rights landscape according to Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Ah, national security. It is such a wonderful phrase; two words that have such deep implications and evoke such powerful feelings.
Thaksin Shinawatra has no qualms about stating the obvious, but one part of his latest interview may have taken the cake. “I can't spell 'lose,'” he told a Thai-language newspaper. Although that came in the don't-push-me context, it still sounded extraordinary given all the amnesty and reconciliation noises emanating from the Pheu Thai camp. Thank you, Thaksin, but we all already knew it's a war.
The right to freedom of religion and the practice of faith must not be compromised.
After years of troubled relations with the countries of Southeast Asia, China has launched a campaign to enhance its relationship with ASEAN through a dramatic increase in trade, all the while not retreating on its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.
In early August, The Nation interviewed key members of the Pheu Thai and coalition parties involved in pushing an amnesty bill when its first reading was put on the House agenda as an urgent issue.
It is the positive common ground in our respective faiths that we should be celebrating.
2013/10/29, 4 Comments
Antics of speakers at a recent conference tell more about themselves than the subject itself.