Turkey has just hosted important meetings of top representatives of the Group of 20 (G-20) nations. Finance ministers met Sept. 4-5, labor and employment ministers Sept. 3-4, both in the capital city, Ankara. The organization began in 1999 to further coordinate monetary policies in the aftermath of the enormous Asian financial crisis. The member nations together account for approximately 85 percent of the world's gross economic product.
Although hundreds of nameless refugees from Africa and the Middle East have perished in the Mediterranean in the last year, the world will never forget the image of three-year-old, cute and well-dressed Aylan Kurdi in a red shirt and blue pants, whose body was lying face down in the sand of Bodrum in Turkey. He died last week along with his mother and five-year-old brother. Everybody seems to have said everything possible on this tragic death. Don't we have anything new to add to the story? Of course we have.
When the silent majority in Singapore speaks, it roars.
Understandably, there is a sense of horror over the Bharatiya Janata Party government's decision to "modernize" the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum at Tin Murti in New Delhi.
Recent government data confirmed a demographic change South Korea had long been expecting to see this year: women outnumbering men. The number of women in South Korea stood at 25,715,304 in June, 492 more than the male population. This was the first time women have outnumbered men since the government began compiling related data in 1960.
The scenes of Syrians fleeing their homeland and pouring on to the roads and rail links of Greece and the Balkans create an almost biblical image. Exodus comes to mind. Not since WWII have such a large surge of refugees fleeing civil war and conflict, been moving through the gates of Europe and most especially towards Germany.
A study by Indonesia's National Development Planning Ministry discovers more than 2,700 regulations, presidential and ministerial decrees hindering the country's economic development.
Thailand today is a happy land, it's "stronger together" and 99.99 percent democratic, unless you happen to strongly disagree with junta-leader-cum-Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha and the way he runs, or rather controls, the country.
The world's 20 large economies have put their collective clout behind an effort to prevent mainland China's currency devaluation from sparking a contagion.
I must admit that I did not expect the Bersih 4 rally to pass without incident. ("Bersih" means clean in Malay and is used to refer to the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections.)