The disappearance of Flight MH370 is one of the most sophisticated, well-planned and well-orchestrated hostile takeovers of a plane since the 9/11 attacks in the United States 13 years ago, aviation and security experts said.
An article this past week in The China Post about an early graduation ceremony at Taipei Japanese School coincided with thoughts I've had for some time about what students might consider doing in the last weeks of their college careers.
South Korea is dealing with growing controversy concerning efforts by intelligence operatives to influence domestic politics. Agents of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) have admitted to secret work to elect President Park Geun-hye. The Cyberwarfare Command of the South Korea Army has been accused of similar illegal interference.
As the Ukraine crisis deepens, and diplomacy falters, Washington's rhetorical volume has been pumped up against Vladimir Putin's power grab in Crimea. The Europeans have equally criticized the Kremlin, but in more polite tones. Ukraine's fledgling government in the meantime, realizes both its vulnerability to neighboring Russia's political policies as well as its energy supply.
Last Sunday, Chinese Coast Guard ships drove away two civilian fishing boats contracted by the Philippine Navy to resupply the Philippine military outpost in Ayungin Shoal. This was the first time China stopped a routine supply mission in disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), proving that China has now reached a higher, even more irresponsible, level of assertiveness in pressing its territorial claims.
Why did the plane or pilot not send out any distress signal? In a crisis, the drill for pilots is to fly, navigate, communicate — in that order.
Malaysia needs better enforcement of immigration and customs rules and stringent checks against corrupt practices at all entry and exit points.
Three years ago on March 11, 2011, an earthquake and massive tsunami crippled Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. The closest towns to the stricken plant remain deserted for fear of further radiation leaks.
The world is courting Africa, and about time too. The United States has fallen way behind China and is now trying to make up lost ground. Meanwhile other emerging economies, led by China, are strengthening their ties with the rapidly developing continent.
It is too early to speculate, but in the absence of a distress call, investigators looking into the sudden disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) Boeing 777-200 plane over the South China Sea are already working on two distinct theories — a catastrophic electrical failure or a mid-air explosion.