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Some 26 years ago, the autocratic rule of Gen. Ershad came to an end in the face of years of mass agitation, leading to the restoration of democracy and reinstatement of a representative government in 1991. Since then, Dec. 6 has been commemorated as Democracy Restoration Day.
 
Hatred against Muslims, particularly Rohingyas, has been smoldering in Myanmar since the country obtained its independence from Britain in 1948.
 
Nawaz Sharif must be upset that his "fantastic" phone call with Donald Trump has already been overshadowed by the latter's next diplomatic gaffe -- the president-elect's phone call with the Taiwanese president, which has left Beijing enraged.
 
People take their news very seriously these days, so seriously that it has helped breed fake news websites. The other factor that led to the proliferation of such websites was advertising income generously given by the big cyberspace players like Google and Facebook.
 
One popular satiric quip about dispensing justice in Taiwan: The rich get off scot-free, the poor get the death sentence (有錢判生,無錢判死). It's a succinct way to say that the rich defendant in court is always acquitted, while the poor man or woman who is indicted is sentenced to death.
 
Let's stop blaming Donald Trump for our misogynistic world. Even without him, there are plenty of men in leadership positions who think women are just fair game.
 
First of all, let me frankly admit that I lack all credibility as a TV or movie critic. Although I immensely enjoy reading drama (paying special attention to its value as literature), I am unfamiliar with efforts of actors here in Taiwan.
 
The death of Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro is a major moment amid important economic changes. Acknowledging his importance as an epic Machiavellian survivor in no way minimizes the ruthlessness of his regime.
 
When Fidel Castro died at age 90, perhaps the greatest achievement of Cuba's communist Commandante was to have outlasted 10 American presidents and five decades of American opposition. During his 57 years in undisputed power, Castro excelled in playing the role of a socialist David facing the gringo Goliath. Now it is up to Fidel's "kid brother" Raul (aged 85) to run the revolution.
 
From the language he uses to his continuing reluctance and the policies he employs, President Rodrigo Duterte is proving to be different from all the other presidents the Philippines has had.
 
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