Stories of domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih made headlines when she spoke out against her employer's abhorrent abuse while working in Hong Kong. Gruesome cuts and burns on her body were so bad that she was unable to walk when she returned to Jakarta.
Reports of forced labor in Thailand have drawn little attention from most Thais, though they have become a focus for the international community, led by the U.S.
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Last month's US$400 billion, 30-year China-Russia deal on natural gas, the biggest such deal ever, has implications beyond energy resources and Sino-Russian relations. For one thing, it reaffirms a decision by major emerging economies to move away from the U.S. dollar into their national currencies. At the same time, it is a big step toward the internationalization of the renminbi, or yuan, China's national currency.
The dismal results of government school students in the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam have shamed all Nepalis this week. What is even more alarming is the declining trend of the percentage of students that pass in recent years. In 2011, the pass percentage was 47 percent whereas this year, it is less than 29 percent. Compare that alongside the increasing government expenditure on education. In 2011, the education budget was almost NPR$58 billion whereas in 2014 the number went up to NPR$82 billion.
It seems that the Japanese government is laying the groundwork for a visit to North Korea by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which, if realized, could pose diplomatic challenges not only to South Korea but also other major players in the region.
The furor over the American POW Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl continues to escalate. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on June 11 faced hostile questioning before the Armed Services Committee of the House of Representatives. Members of Congress complain the White House broke the law by not consulting in advance
The Taiwan Competitiveness Forum and the Apollo Survey and Research Company published its jointly conducted poll on the national identification of the people of Taiwan again last Thursday. The quarterly survey asked four main questions. Samples were asked whether they are Taiwanese and also Chinese, could be Taiwanese but also be Chinese, are Taiwanese though they don't deny they are also Chinese, or are Taiwanese and not Chinese.
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The Information Office of the Chinese State Council on Tuesday released a white paper entitled “The Practice of the 'One Country, Two Systems' Policy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).”
Whoever claims the coveted 18-carat gold trophy at the end of the glorious festival of soccer now on in Brazil, the biggest winner at the World Cup will be, as before, a matter of no surprise: FIFA reigns supreme. World soccer's governing body has steadily boosted its cash reserves over the past 10 years, taking it now to US$1.4 billion. Meanwhile, host countries aplenty have struggled to cope with the toxic backwash of economic and political issues linked to the competition.
There is no doubt that many people are glad that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) took control of Thailand three weeks ago, bringing the political chaos to at least a temporary halt.