Monday, November 17, 2014
Eighteen nations, including Japan, the United States, China, Russia and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, have indicated their strong determination to forge a united East Asia to deal with threats posed by the Islamic State, a radical Islamic organization in the Middle East.
Following the preliminary FTA signing with mainland China last week, South Korea announced yesterday that its FTA negotiation with New Zealand has come to term, which is expected to be effective next year.
Although nearly two million people voted “Yes” in Catalonia's symbolic ballot on independence, analysts say nationalists will struggle for a majority in their drive to break away from Spain.
On the night of July 31, a series of gas explosions ripped Kaohsiung City apart. They were explosions on a scale unknown in the city, resulting in 30 people dead and more than 300 injured., 4 Comments
Sunday, November 16, 2014
As I prepare a mid-term examination these days for students in a survey course in American Literature, I am quite conscious of a doubt that's been nagging at me the past three or four years.
Newly surfaced videos are adding fresh energy to the efforts of U.S. congressional conservatives to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, feeding into their contentions that the overhaul was approved through a scheme of deception.
The immediate aftermath of Veterans Day, and all the related media commentary, is a good time for reflection on our military and our democratic nation. National Public Radio interviews with two leaders are especially instructive.
As she waited to go under the knife in a Delhi hospital, Jamantara Tokas admitted she was terrified after the death of 13 women in botched sterilizations, but said the money on offer was too good to turn down.
The recent drop in world oil prices — from more than US$100 a barrel in June to about US$80 a barrel now — will benefit the global economy, American consumers and a beleaguered U.S. foreign policy. And there are reasons to think oil could remain in the US$75-to-$95 range for the next two years.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), which generally promises greater benefits than other regional trade pacts currently under negotiation, has finally got off the ground a decade after it was first broached by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders.