Tuesday, December 3, 2013
When Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra evacuated her office at Government House last Friday evening, it was the third time in six years that a Thai prime minister had been forced by the threat of mob attacks to wander the city in search of a suitable temporary office.
China's recent demarcation of an air defense zone appears to be part of its move to lay the institutional framework for what analysts call Beijing's “anti-access/area-denial” strategy aimed at keeping hostile forces at bay.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Beijing declared its maritime ADIZ, or air defense identification zone, over the East China Sea on Nov. 23.
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The Philippines' taxman has long struggled to compel the country's elite to pay their fair share, but a name-and-shame campaign targeting one of history's greatest boxers and the “sexiest woman alive” is aiming to change that.
A decisive action-taker ready to send French troops into harm's way. A hapless ditherer who backtracks at the first sign of dissent.
Dozens of Indonesian fishermen who spent months stranded in Cape Town's harbor, sleeping in cramped and suffocating quarters, have been taken ashore to a repatriation center after being stuck at sea for years without pay.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Local writer Giddens Ko, better known perhaps as Jiubadau, has produced a new documentary film on the fate of dogs turned over to public animal shelters here in Taipei. A recent newspaper report described the film as devoid of spoken words, but eloquent in its message, which focuses from various camera angles on the lives of these often pitiful animals. The film attempts to tell the story from the viewpoint of the dogs themselves. The footage includes scenes that occur in the shelters when staffers are off-duty.
China has made an ominous move in claiming sovereignty over the air, and the Obama administration has appropriately responded with B-52 bombers. The unfolding conflict highlights the dark side of the Beijing regime, and reminds us all that growth of investment and trade has not removed political conflicts and military dangers.
Though the European Union appears to have lost to Russia in the first round of an East-West tussle over winning friends and influence in eastern Europe, some analysts would disagree.
A year after the Palestinians were granted non-member observer status by the United Nations, pressure is mounting on their leaders to exploit that position, rather than pursue peace talks few see bearing fruit.