Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The world is courting Africa, and about time too. The United States has fallen way behind China and is now trying to make up lost ground. Meanwhile other emerging economies, led by China, are strengthening their ties with the rapidly developing continent.
Belgrade voters often turn their backs on the ruling elite, a fact the struggling opposition hopes will boost its chances of winning back control of the capital, a key political battleground in Serbia.
It is the ugly solution to the Ukrainian crisis world leaders will never acknowledge but grudgingly may have to accept.
It is too early to speculate, but in the absence of a distress call, investigators looking into the sudden disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) Boeing 777-200 plane over the South China Sea are already working on two distinct theories — a catastrophic electrical failure or a mid-air explosion.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
One of the great ironies of the information age is learning to deal with information scarcity amid the white noise of information overload.
For three days last week, more than 250 journalists belonging to ethnic groups from all over Myanmar gathered here with clear objectives: to make their voices heard and to strengthen their nascent media network, as well as improve journalistic skills and professionalism. The presence of top senior officials from the Ministry of Information (MOI) including Deputy Minister U Pike Htwe was an indicator of the importance Naypyidaw attached to the role of ethnic media played in the country's democratic transformation.
With a pile of shredded documents in a corner, dozens of volunteers in a Kiev office are hard at work on the frontlines of journalism — piecing together an ousted president's web of corruption.
In the wake of Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox's bankruptcy filing, more than four hundred of its customers have expressed interest in filing a class action lawsuit against the parent company and its chief, Mark Karpeles. Mt. Gox was the cryptocurrency's largest marketplace. Although Bitcoin's functioning is still incomprehensible to many, its value is real. Mt.Gox's losses are estimated at US$480 million.
Monday, March 10, 2014
In 1999, when Chen Shui-bian was all set to run for president, his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) issued a national defense policy white paper. Recently, so did Su Tseng-chang, DPP chairman and eager to seek Taiwan's highest public office in 2016. He called his defense building master plan a blue paper. It is the fifth in a series of party blue papers, and the best researched and written one.
> Joe Hung
In Fukuyama city, Hiroshima prefecture, stands the Holocaust Education Center, the only such facility in this region and a place where Japanese children can find out about Jewish teenage war diarist Anne Frank.