Monday, July 28, 2014
Tsai Ing-wen, chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is very good at borrowing technical terms to create a bunch of gobbledygook to suit her political purposes. A latest borrowing is “natural ingredients.”
> Joe Hung
Any airline would struggle with the devastating impact of losing one jet full of passengers, especially if it had already been bleeding money for years.
After his resounding victory in Indonesia's presidential race, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo now faces the daunting task of taking the world's third-biggest democracy forward as resistance to reform lingers.
Lithuania won the EU's final green light this week to join the eurozone in 2015, completing a Baltic embrace of Europe's checkered single currency as security concerns over Russia nudge other reluctant eastern candidates toward adoption.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
The criminal destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine has been compounded by de facto desecration of the remains of those killed. The crash site has also been severely contaminated.
The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault.
Italy's energetic premier Matteo Renzi has staked his reputation at home and abroad on an ambitious reform agenda, but he may have underestimated how difficult it would be to win over unruly opposition parties.
At a northern quayside China's first aircraft carrier dwarfs nearby vessels, its take-off ramp rising higher than the top deck of the cruise ship at the next berth, symbolizing the country's naval ambitions.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Truth is often stranger than fiction. The horrific event over eastern Ukraine, that of a civilian airliner being shot out of the skies by a high altitude Sam 11 missile, seems almost the improbable grist of a thriller novel or a pilot episode of the TV series 24 .
The completely unstatesmanlike attitude of the losing presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto, in stubbornly refusing to accept the final election result tallied by the General Elections Commission (KPU) earlier this week, will unnecessarily defer the momentum of a new wave of market bullishness about Indonesia's economic outlook.