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Our society seems to be fraying at the seams. One sure sign is an Education Ministry gone mad.
 
Amid all the horrid news flooding into our lives these recent days from a dozen or more countries or well known cities, I picked up the paper this past Wednesday and nearly fell off my feet. Like everyone in Taiwan and, I trust, our friends in the People's Republic of China (PRC) as well, I felt dismayed.
 
The military coup attempted in Turkey reinforces already strong anxiety about the Middle East. The effort by elements of the armed forces to oust the elected civilian government has failed, in part because the military was not unified in support of removing current leadership.
 
The Indian subcontinent was partitioned in 1947 into India and Pakistan on the basis of religion. Bangladesh was born 31 years later, in 1971, on the basis of nationalism, democracy and secularism. Democracy we lost first, in the mid-70s and then in the early 80s, and are yet to recover fully. Secularism, which was on a gradual decline, now faces its most severe threat.
 
What's beginning to look like this year's Republican presidential primaries in the U.S. has morphed into a political scramble for the U.N. secretary general's seat.
 
A study of comparison and contrast: It's no surprise that many Filipinos look at Singapore on how to govern, and Singaporeans look at the Philippines on how not to govern.
 
Melania Trump insists she's her own person, more than window dressing in her husband Donald Trump's run for the White House.
 
My plane touched down at Dhaka airport at about the time when the joint security operation against terrorists at Gulshan's Holey Artisan Bakery was underway.
 
Isn't the murder of Qandeel Baloch, one of Pakistan's social media stars, as 'un-Islamic' as Zeenat Bibi's?
 
A well-known Kenyan proverb says: When elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers.
 
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