Monday, April 13, 2015
It was in the summer of 1960. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was coming to Taipei for a two-day state visit on June 18. A couple of days before his arrival, I was invited to a press tour of Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung.
> Joe Hung, 2 Comments
South Koreans mark the first anniversary this week of the Sewol ferry disaster which scarred the national psyche and left a lasting legacy of bitterness, mistrust and division.
Leaders seeking independence for Spain's Catalonia region had the wind in their sails four months ago, but the change sweeping Spanish politics has blown them off course.
Sudan's elections are of little concern to the latest arrivals at Darfur's Zamzam camp, forced to flee their homes by fighting this year between rebels and President Omar al-Bashir's forces.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
I had hoped to write this week on a topic guaranteed to warm the hearts of readers, and possibly win a plaudit or two for sharing a few sunny words on a recent news event. Surely I am not the only one who likes cheerful news., 1 Comment
Dakuku Peterside and Nyesom Wike, the two main candidates running for governor of Nigeria's Rivers state, signed a peace accord this week in the local capital Port Harcourt.
Across the Middle East, fierce rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran is heightening sectarian tensions, even in conflicts that analysts say are primarily political., 2 Comments
The Thai minimum wage -- the lowest payment allowed under the law to unskilled labor -- is always linked with how good the economy will be doing and how "attractive" a country is to foreign investors.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
There's an urgent food crisis in communist North Korea, where shortages affect up to 70 percent of the population. According to an alarming new U.N. humanitarian report, some 18 million people out of the population of 24 million are considered "food insecure" and don't have access to an adequate and diverse diet to live healthily. To meet the challenge the U.N. needs US$111 million for humanitarian aid over the next year.
There is no getting away from it: Lifting martial law doesn't mean anything if it's replaced by an equally, if not more, draconian law.