Sunday, February 1, 2015
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's booboos this week in remarks about the gift of a pocket watch from the United Kingdom's Minister of State for Transport will hang in the clouds for a spell of time not yet determined.
There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.
“The Greek Way” no longer has quite such splendid implications for many. This is the title of a best-selling book on ancient Greece by German-American author Edith Hamilton, published in 1930 and reprinted regularly since. She was one of the most visible public advocates of the classics of the twentieth century, and her influence continues.
The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
The period between Christmas and Chinese New Year is a period of grave reflection. In East Asia, the holiday season coincides with travel and family time, when we question friends and relatives about what to expect in the coming year. You know the year will be good if after Chinese New Year, either the stock market or the real estate market signals up. If they signal down, look for a weak year for the economy.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un looks set to take an initial, tentative step onto the global stage with a visit in May to Russia — his first trip abroad since coming to power three years ago.
Every year, without fail, course books do not reach students of public schools at the start of the academic session.
While America seems transfixed on a spate of six separate Middle East crises, there's been far less attention paid on the brewing storm in Europe. Thus as political/military efforts are focused on trying to sort out Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Iran, Washington policymakers have been blindsided by fast unraveling events in Ukraine. We had better take notice of a very dangerous situation.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Interpellations by ruling and opposition party members on the fiscal policy speech delivered by Finance Minister Taro Aso started at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. This is the first full-fledged debate since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's third Cabinet was inaugurated.
The German economy has entered the New Year on a high note, with low prices and the slump in the value of the euro helping to brighten the growth prospects for Europe's economic powerhouse.