Contrary to opinions being voiced in Thailand, democracy has not been patented by the West. Our intellectual elite should stop spreading the false idea that “Western-style democracy” does not fit Thai society.
As the White House telephone rang at 3 a.m., an announcer solemnly declared that “your vote will decide who answers that phone” and whether that will be “someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.”
The debate over whether an elected president should appoint politicians as Cabinet members as part of a power-sharing mechanism or appoint professionals instead to restore the presidential system of government has never subsided.
Twenty cents of a real (roughly 8 cents of a dollar) brought millions of people onto the streets in Brazil in July 2013. Those 20 cents channeled all popular dissatisfaction, directed all anger to the streets and showed the government's ineptitude in dealing with the Brazilian people's problems. Only 20 cents. An increase in the bus fare from 3.00 real to 3.20 real (or roughly US$1.32 to USD$1.40). About 6 percent.
If there ever was an argument for the support of U.S. intervention in Iraq, this is probably the best chance in a long while to mount it.
We seriously question the appropriateness of South Korean President Park Geun-hye's pursuit of unilateral concessions from Japan on the issue of so-called comfort women. This unbending stance should be altered to allow for more flexible diplomacy if an improved Japan-South Korea relationship is to be built.
World leaders gathered at the Belgian industrial city of Liege on Aug. 4 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, following the German invasion then of neutral Belgium.
This is the day we renew our pledge of peace and our determination not to engage in war, while also quietly paying tribute to the memory of those who died in World War II.
Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries — China, India, and Indonesia — led by strong, dynamic, and reform-minded leaders.
Despite winning this year's election, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo must await the final and binding decision of Indonesia's Constitutional Court. Still, it is only a matter of time before he is sworn in as the nation's seventh president, most likely at the end of October.