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Monday, January 26, 2015
Saudi Arabia's new monarch inherits the throne at a moment when the oil-rich kingdom is being buffeted by a plunge in the value of its most valuable commodity, growing challenges by activists at home and deepening turmoil on its borders that stands to benefit rival Iran.
The International Monetary Fund is far from being done with Ukraine, its latest mega-bailout client.
It may just be a coincidence that last year's Taipei Metro attack occurred a little more than a month after the Sunflower Movement in which young student activists occupied the debating chamber of the Legislative Yuan from March 18 to April 10 and broke into and ransacked the Executive Yuan on March 23.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Just the other morning I read of someone trying to do two things at the same time, and winding up making a big mess of everything. It was a guy, I remember, and he was driving a car and, now, what was he trying to do while driving that car? I forget. I know it was a man, not a woman.
While U.S. President Barack Obama's Jan. 20 State of the Union address garnered much greater media attention, the joint press conference the previous week with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron was revealing — and perhaps more important.
With Saturday's uncontested election, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu is set to succeed President Ma Ying-jeou as the next chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT). Shouldering the heavy burden of reforming his party after its humiliating electoral defeat last November, Mr. Chu has called for amending the constitution to adopt a parliamentary system.
As France's prime minister kicks off a new plan to fix troubled schools and restive suburbs, the people he's trying to help are more skeptical than hopeful. They've heard these promises before.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Proclaiming an end to the American economic recession and declaring that “the shadow of crisis is past,” U.S. President Barack Obama addressed a skeptical Republican-controlled Congress in the annual State of the Union Address. Yet the same speech offered a fuzzy view of key foreign policy challenges and, more importantly, no plan on solving other vital concerns.
Sex (or controversy) sells. Couple it with Pakistan, and you have got a big story.
Alexander the Great cut the Gordian Knot after hearing an oracle promise that whoever could undo it would be the next ruler of Asia.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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