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Monday, May 18, 2015
Former President Chen Shui-bian, now enjoying a respite from 20 years behind bars for corruption and graft on medical parole, has finally succeeded in getting eye for an eye vengeance on President Ma Ying-jeou. His defense lawyer, Cheng Wen-lung, maneuvered a resolution at the Taipei City Clean Government Committee recommending that Ma be referred to the Agency Against Corruption of the Ministry of Justice for investigation in connection with his alleged illegal profiting of the Farglory Development Corporation by commissioning the development of the Taipei Dome.
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Ireland could become the first country in the world to vote for same-sex marriage in a historic referendum this week in this traditionally Catholic nation.
Europe will consider this week whether to follow the United States by bringing in tighter controls on "conflict minerals" from war zones, but critics say the measures risk being watered down.
Thailand's first female Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces court on Tuesday at the start of a negligence trial which could see her jailed for a decade and deliver a hammer blow to the political dominance of her family.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
The phrase "the secret to happiness" sounds so beguiling that we've a right to be skeptical about it. People may say there is such a secret, and they know what it is, but most of us probably shake our heads in wonder. We doubt anyone can tell us a secret such as that.
The Obama administration tends to confuse rhetoric with accomplishment, and nowhere is this more apparent than in regard to the Middle East. "The Obama Doctrine" has been employed since Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign to sum up foreign policy strategy. However, there is no strategy, only a general declaration of international good citizenship and cooperation.
Around US$1,100 should have secured passage for each of the Rohingya migrants who were found adrift in the Andaman Sea -- victims of a dark trade in humans that pivots around smuggling kingpins in Thailand's south.
The deaths of 72 people in a fire that gutted a footwear factory in the Philippine capital has exposed abusive conditions for millions of poor and desperate workers across the nation.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
In a stirring and substantive foreign policy address, Senator Marco Rubio (Republican, Florida) presented his presidential vision for a new America. Calling for transformative leadership in the 21st century, the Republican primary hopeful spoke passionately about the need for a reinvigorated American policy posture at a time when as he said, "Foreign affairs never mattered more."
This week's deadly train derailment in Philadelphia could have been averted if technology that has been available for many years had been installed, lawmakers and experts say.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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