Chiang Kai-shek's birthday isn't a national holiday any more. So people of Taiwan didn't have a day off last Friday. Nothing was done to remember him, though we should thank him for keeping Taiwan a democracy.
- Joe Hung
With a ban on religious instruction, which today affects families with children in more than 2,000 schools in Xinjiang, China deserves more public attention, I fear, than it is getting. Reasons easily come to mind to explain why international (and local) media are not rushing to cover the story. A brief word first, however, on the news itself.
'Be careful what you wish for' comes to mind when reflecting on the ongoing waves of public protest, revolt, violence and war in the Middle East and North Africa. Across the broad region, long-ruling dictatorships have collapsed.
Prospects of a second round of high-level inter-Korean talks seem to have dimmed as Seoul's date for the talks, Oct. 30, has come and gone.
Despite what many observers see as a politically reformist presidency of Hassan Rouhani, the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains dire. A recently released U.N. report paints a grim picture of widespread executions, a tarnished judicial system, systematic religious persecution, and widespread discrimination against women.
Twenty-five million Pakistani children of school-going age are not currently enrolled in any educational institution.
An increasingly self-confident China is now seeking to reshape the world through playing leadership roles in international organizations, such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum next week in Beijing. This is a rare opportunity, since APEC members take turns hosting the annual meetings, with China last playing host in 2001.
Appointments to the Indonesian Cabinet certainly should take both professional and political considerations into account to establish a highly competent working team with strong political foundations. But the process of working out the best balance between the need to secure maximum policy effectiveness and the imperative of accommodating political realities is quite delicate and complex.
Smoking cigarettes is the number one preventable cause of death. Six million people die each year from tobacco use and this number will rise to eight million by 2030, most of them in developing countries.
The People's Republic of China is expanding at least two of the Spratly Islands to heighten tensions in the South China Sea. One of them is Fiery Cross Reef, also known as Yongshu Reef (永暑磯), which is actually a group of three reefs. The other is Johnson South Reef, known in Chinese as (赤瓜磯), which lies adjacent to the Vietnamese-occupied Collins Reef.
- Joe Hung