Saturday, January 30, 2016
Five years after the onset of the purportedly pro-democracy revolts against authoritarian rulers in much of the Middle East, the heady warm breezes of the Arab Spring have been replaced with swirling ill winds sweeping the region from Tunisia to Iraq. Governments were toppled, chaos ensued, and the genie of pent up political frustrations soon turned violent. Syria, Libya and Yemen are wracked by violence.
Seeking to assert Taiwan's sovereignty and build his legacy, President Ma Ying-jeou paid a visit Thursday to an even smaller island also claimed by mainland China.
Friday, January 29, 2016
After a decade of uneven progress, foreign and local businesses hope the reshuffled leadership of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party will double down on modernizing an economy dominated by state companies.
Iraq's 72nd Brigade was slowly moving through a live-fire exercise recently under the watchful eyes of U.S., Spanish and British coalition trainers when things began to go wrong.
Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), has a tricky six weeks ahead of him. The head of the top monetary authority for the 19-country eurozone helped stem a global stock market slide last week by indicating the ECB could provide more stimulus at the next meeting in March.
More white Americans now share the view, long held by minorities, that racism is a national problem and should be confronted, according to an analysis of recent public opinion polling.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
For Sarah C. Anderson from the U.S., Taiwan is an invariable Neverland for Westerners who may struggle in their motherland; they can come to this land of opportunities and rise to new heights.
Aewis Hii's first two nights in Taipei were absolutely fantastic and he could tell so many more stories of this wonderland, the people, the geography, the culture and the food
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping's pledge to beef up the country's rule of law is in serious doubt with the "extreme" practice of airing televised confessions before a court conviction, say analysts.
Thanks to the U.S. Congress' recent tax-and-spending spree, Republicans intent on fulfilling a political promise will have to propose far deeper cuts to domestic programs to bring the government's deteriorating balance sheet back into the black.