Years from now, the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry will seem inevitable, history itself marching inexorably forward. It is possible, given even just a few days' worth of hindsight, to find a pattern of legal judgments and legislative initiatives, of shifts in culture and of changes in public opinion in the United States, that suggest that the time was ripe. But when the ruling in Obergefell versus Hodges came down on Friday, the historic result was startling.
At the annual general meetings of shareholders this year, there was significant growth in the number of companies who appointed outside directors.
When television was popularized in Japan in the late 1950s, the print media felt so threatened that they called the TV set an "idiot box" and warned the new electronic media would turn all 100 million Japanese into idiots. Japan's population was around 100 million then, and a famous social critic, Soichi Oyake, coined the catch phrase "one hundred million all idiotized" (一億白痴化) in 1957. Of course, his prediction wasn't borne out, but the quality of news reporting in Japan as well as across the world has gone down.
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Gustave Flaubert's great novel "Madame Bovary" builds itself around a series of rich and complex "community events." These events in the hands of Flaubert can be elaborate indeed. But the event itself need not be.
The intense conflict between the European Union (EU) and heavily indebted Greece continues. On June 22, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proposed concessions involving more taxes. On June 25, Greece's government rejected counter-demands, risking default on an impending payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
The United States found a stage to deliver a stern reminder to the People's Republic of China (PRC), which is continuing its high-handed behavior in maritime areas and in cyberspace, that it needs to follow the rules and fulfill its responsibilities as a major power.
If the struggle to recover from the 2008-09 global economic crisis were to be viewed as a competition among the benighted nations, neutral spectators would be rooting most for Iceland, a perennial economic underdog that has done what the United States and other countries refused to do. It let its banks fail. It let them fall on the swords they forged themselves. This is moral common sense at its finest.
Every Ramadan there is always one issue circulating here in Indonesia: whether or not food stalls are allowed to be opened during this Islamic fasting month.
PARIS-International development assistance still remains a vital element in reducing global poverty. What's known as Official Development Assistance (ODA) has now reached record levels of more than US$135 billion annually and is channeled to a group of 148 countries ranging from the poorest of the poor such as Bangladesh and Haiti to better-off but needy lands such as Egypt and Kenya.
Over the past week, there has been intense debate over a proposal to legalize casinos in Thailand. The idea was floated by a group of National Reform Council members, who called themselves "NRC Patriots" and argued that revenue from casino legalization could help prop up the national economy.