As we contemplate the recent shot in the foot that the government of the People's Republic of China gave itself, it is useful to remember how the scourge of prejudice appears in nearly every culture under the sun.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has a positive relationship with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and the Ukraine crisis makes that more important. Merkel, who speaks Russian, has telephoned Putin at least three times in recent days. Putin is not Adolf Hitler, but in other dimensions Germany's history regarding Russia is important.
Singaporeans will likely huddle around their TV sets in June to watch World Cup soccer — but only if they pay, once again, a fee higher than anyone else on earth.
Less than a week after the spectacular closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided for an encore and invaded the sovereignty of neighboring Ukraine. The chill winds of the Cold War have returned to Europe and the halls of diplomacy.
No party was spared a lesson from Bangkok's gubernatorial election last Sunday, in which incumbent MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra of the Democrat Party managed a record win against Pheu Thai challenger Police General Pongsapat Pongcharoen in one of the most exciting polls for the capital.
The root of the term kleptocracy is the Greek word kleptes, meaning thief. Kleptocracy is a form of government in which officials — the ruling class and the real “elites” — use their office to increase their personal wealth and political power by corruption and embezzlement of state funds. The robbery is done at the expense of the general population, under the false pretense of “democracy,”
A study out this week naming Singapore as the world's most expensive city has become a major talking point around town.
It may come as a surprise that while Beijing has labeled Sunday's mass killing in the city of Kunming as a terrorist attack by Xinjiang separatists, the Communist Party of China once put its support behind an independent state in China's northwest reaches.
The strong diplomatic protest against China's water-cannon attack on Filipino fishers on Jan. 27 in Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea was followed by an announcement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines that the disputed islet, which Manila claims as Bajo de Masinloc, would now be under the jurisdiction of the Western Command.
Last December, only three days before the Bureaucracy Reform Bill was scheduled to go before the year's final plenary session of Parliament, reformist watchdog Sofian Effendi was shocked to discover 12 discrepancies in the bill, which civil servants had fought tooth and nail to forestall.