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In celebrating our American Revolution, we tend to see it as the simple act of a united people whose happy outcome was virtually assured by our declaration of independence in 1776. For us, it becomes an all but inevitable event rather than a messy and contingent business. This view hinders our ability to understand and relate to the revolutions swirling around us, particularly those in the Arab world.
2014/10/17
Rumors are a form of cowardice on the part of both their creators and disseminators. Rumors sometimes play a benign role in an oppressed society, as a form of whistle-blowing to expose facts that are detrimental to the authority of those in power. Luckily, we have passed that stage of societal development, yet there are still people, even in legitimate media circles, who like to play with rumors.
2014/10/17
What you know can be imparted to thousands of people on the Internet, impacting countless lives and events, while spreading better awareness of Pakistani topics across the globe.
2014/10/16
Just as China and the United States are preparing for another Xi Jinping-Barack Obama summit next month, when the American president is scheduled to visit Beijing for the annual APEC leaders meeting, China is stepping up charges that Washington is secretly supporting student-led pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
2014/10/15
The Scots seem to have opened the floodgates on a tide of nationalism with their push for independence. Even during the buildup to Scotland's referendum, separatists all over Europe showed an avid interest in it, causing some minor rumblings in their quarters and a great deal of nervousness among lawmakers across the continent.
2014/10/15
This is a choice China faces as it shifts its electricity generation from coal-fired plants to hydroelectric dams. According to recent data, dams are partly responsible for the rise in earthquakes in western China, including — quite possibly — a 6.6 temblor that hit Yunnan Province last week.
2014/10/14
I've lost a friend. Dr. Hung Ching-chang (洪慶章) left the world last Wednesday. He was 83.
2014/10/13
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That the iPhone 6 is allegedly bendable is not a surprise. When a production line is working as fast as those of Apple and all its rivals, some unfavorable traits or flaws are bound to emerge. What is truly amazing is the manner in which cellular users are embracing everything thrown at them. Big screens. Small screens. Earphone plug on the side. Earphone plug at the top. Earphone plug at the bottom. A little bit more computing speed every three months. And on and on it goes.
2014/10/13
The indictment of a Japanese reporter Wednesday on a criminal defamation charge over a story on South Korean President Park Geun-hye's whereabouts on April 16, the day of the Sewol ferry disaster, has become an international embarrassment for South Korea.
2014/10/13
Responding in part to space I recently offered to two common English words (“We must distinguish between studying and learning English” 9-28-14) a friend wants me to say more here on language related issues. Her wish reached me after last week's attention to the term “decency” appeared, albeit in a social, not to say political context (“On decency and the HK protests” 10-5-14).
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