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A number of sea and air encounters have occurred between China and the United States near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. In one of them, China declared victory last Friday, claiming its military "drove away" an intruding American P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane which received several warnings from the Chinese military to retreat as it flew over the South China Sea.
2015/5/25
We've all faked it. Whether once or twice or a few dozen times -- be it through forced smiles or forged signatures, replicated art pieces or plagiarized papers, fake IDs or fake orgasms -- we have all faked our way through social occasions, conversations, professional ladders and -- if one can bring an honest admission of ribaldry here -- sexual situations, where faking it is a lot more helpful than making it.
2015/5/25
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For two full weeks or thereabouts in April the media in the West, particularly the U.S., were ablaze with news of hundreds of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean while attempting to cross illegally to European shores.
2015/5/25
University professors offer students carefully honed syllabi for courses at the start of each semester. These syllabi list boring details such as the instructor's contact information, goals of the course (not so boring, I hope), instructional methods, rules and policies, weekly assignments, and other cool items.
2015/5/24
Politically correct Filipinos are caught in a bind. On the showdown with Beijing in the West Philippine Sea, the nationalist position is to oppose China's aggression, expose its outrageous "nine-dash line," and resist its creeping conquest of contested islands.
2015/5/24
"Egregious" and "grotesque" is how United States Secretary of State John Kerry has described North Korea's reckless international provocations, and brutal executions of victims who incur the wrath of leader Kim Jong Un.
2015/5/24
If there is one new global leader who captured public imagination in the last year, it is India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi; 365 days on, how has he performed?
2015/5/24
The fall of the critically important city of Ramadi to Islamic State terrorists, the widening humanitarian crisis throughout the country involving millions of displaced persons and the continuing pressures on a still-fragile central government in Baghdad bode ill for Iraq's future stability and security. These setbacks for the beleaguered Baghdad government equally shadow Washington where the Obama administration appears in denial over the depth of this crisis.
2015/5/23
Although I write on general trends and try not to predict the future, one has to admit that we have never had a period when data is all over the place and the future is truly murky. Just over 150 years ago, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln said, "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew."
2015/5/23
Shortly after announcing it had canceled United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's planned visit to the country this week, North Korea declared it had the ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons, which is a step toward building nuclear missiles.
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