William Randolph Hearst, the celebrated editor of the New York Journal who started yellow journalism together with Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World, defined news as something people want to talk about. Well, it's true, particularly in Taiwan, after Chiang Ching-kuo lifted the newspaper ban shortly before his death in 1988. So, pressmen in Taipei began telling a revealing gag: What readers you have, what news you print.
- Joe Hung
Thailand's caretaker Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has asked the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mediate in the escalating political conflict in Thailand.
The recent toppling and desecration of a 3-meters-tall statue of Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Republic of China, may have occurred deep in the south, far from bustling, sophisticated Taipei, and in a relatively tiny, tucked-away niche of the country at that, but the crudity and symbolism of the act were enough to provoke concern for thoughtful citizens everywhere.
The phrase “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind when reviewing the waves of public protest and revolt in Ukraine. The competing interests and perspectives of Vladimir Putin's Russia and the European Union (EU) hold the potential for armed confrontation if instability continues. EU nations are also members of NATO.
Recently announced healthcare measures could be targeting senior votes, which are badly needed to offset declining support from young Singaporeans.
Social media giant Facebook is getting into the election action in India.
Amid the continuing carnage form Syria's civil war, there are small, if hard won, humanitarian victories which bring a tiny glimmer of hope to the battered and bleeding Middle East nation. Surprisingly the U.N. Security Council, unanimously agreed to a resolution which allows “unhindered humanitarian access” to cities, towns and neighborhoods under siege by warring factions.
For those who track developments in the Indian military, news that its well-regarded navy chief resigned this week in the wake of a series of operational incidents for which he took “moral responsibility” should come as no surprise.
Although the smog has dispersed, with industry and transportation contributing to the pollution, how long will Beijing be spared from the “airpocalypse?”
Damning editorials in China's state media and a noticeable step-up in the dragnet against former aides of former security czar Zhou Yongkang suggest that the endgame is near for him, say analysts.