Sunday, April 13, 2014
I don't believe I have ever written three times within four weeks in this space on the same topic. I hope that after today I can toss my political hat back into the closet and cover my balding pate with something more fun to wear. For today, however, there seems to be no way to avoid the question: what have we learned from these recent, difficult days?, 1 Comment
Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election provides limited but promising evidence of political progress, as United States military combat forces prepare to depart later this year. Turnout of approximately 60 percent of eligible voters was high, despite Taliban intimidation and violence. The national election commission has testified that corruption has been much reduced from the 2009 presidential election
The recent unveiling of the multibillion won salaries that registered board of directors at Korean companies took home seems to have shaken many, including myself.
A few days after Songkran, the anti-government group will probably start counting down the days until the demise of the caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra government.
On Monday, China welcomed visiting United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with a tour of its sole aircraft carrier Liaoning, but the feel-good vibes dissipated a day later.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
If you spend enough time in a foreign country, even the starkest cultural differences have a way of melting away like a bad mood in the summer sun.
The last time Taiwanese students mobilized en masse, they brought about an end to decades of martial rule. Now, they are scenting victory in a new battle for the island's soul as they repel government plans to embrace China ever closer.
The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out.
Syria's harrowing civil war has taken a new turn as the beleaguered Mid East country now faces a widening drought and food crisis in the midst of a widening conflict. U.N. relief agencies warn that the deepening drought may cut food production thus adding to the country's woes.
President Vladimir Putin is seeking to maintain influence in Ukraine by fomenting instability in its Russian-speaking eastern regions but will stop short of sending troops there in a Crimea-style swoop, analysts said.