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Thursday, September 18, 2014
ROC Navy Vice Admiral hopes for new submarines
A senior R.O.C. naval officer yesterday expressed hopes of obtaining submarines from the United States to beef up the defensive capabilities of the nation's armed forces.
From Washington and Paris to Tehran and Damascus, it seems everyone agrees on the growing need to fight “terrorism.” What exactly the word means is another matter entirely.
Outside my window, in the Palestinian village across the road, they celebrated every night after the cease-fire. Fireworks hailed the supposed victory of Hamas over Israel — despite the devastation in Gaza, despite a cease-fire that gave Hamas nothing and could have been achieved a month earlier.
More than a decade of Workers Party rule has seen Brazil prioritize ties with its leftist regional neighbors, from helping muscle socialist Venezuela into the Mercosur trade bloc to financing a billion-dollar transformation of an industrial port in Cuba.
Why is history important? Let me begin by asking another question: After 50 years of nationhood, how well do Singapore citizens know their country's history?
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Interracial marriage has historically been a contentious issue in many parts of the world and, while legal constraints may have been lifted, it continues to be controversial in many societies.
Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming.
If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.
North Korea last week issued a rare report on its own human rights situation. The report rebutted international criticism of its rights record and defended the oppressive regime's policies as guaranteeing the “genuine rights of the people.”
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Things are going well in Hong Kong, economically at least. One day after Beijing's announcement of strict rules for electing Hong Kong's Chief Executive (CE) sparked a huge outcry in the city, developers Sino Land and Chinese Estates won a bid to invest a record HK$18 billion (US$2.32 billion) into a massive redevelopment project in Kwun Tong.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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