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Monday, January 19, 2015
Where a dream came true
Dong Biao, from mainland China, likes how all sorts of cultures impact and become fused together in Taiwan
Now that the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) has been doomed to bankruptcy, tongues are wagging over what's really wrong with it. Lawmakers shot off the government's THSRC financial restructuring plan, without which in effect bankruptcy had to be declared, albeit the bullet train line is running in the black.
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Caught in stormy weather, the pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 requested to climb to a higher altitude but was not immediately granted permission due to heavy traffic. Soon afterwards, the jet disappeared off the radar.
For the first time in his presidency, Barack Obama will stand before a Republican-led Congress to deliver his State of the Union policy address and try to convince lawmakers newly empowered to block his agenda that they should instead join with him on education, cyberprotection and national security proposals.
How do you fight terrorism in a bloc that has no internal borders and a patchwork of national rules?
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Slow but steady progress has come as I've continued to plow this past week through a mountain of mini-papers (we call them “reflective journals”) my American Literature students have turned in. They hope to get them back on the night of our final exam.
We need no experts to tell us that the digital economy will be more prevalent this year. We will be doing more online transactions in 2015 than ever before.
January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, provides occasion for reflection as well as recognition. We honor his personal courage as well as political impact as catalyst for the civil rights revolution.
Except for a friend who chose to fly out to Hong Kong to sit out the papal visit, I don't know of anyone else who isn't ebullient about the coming of Pope Francis to the Philippines, or isn't interested in it, at the very least. It's as if this very public event is bringing a personal milestone to each person's life, no matter one's religion or atheism or agnosticism.
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In the aftermath of France's jihadist attacks, many have been left scratching their heads over how authorities can vaunt the importance of free speech while jailing people for comments that appear to “condone terrorism.”
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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