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Sunday, January 24, 2016
At first, nothing seemed so special about the flag controversy into which Taiwanese pop star Chou Tzu-yu stumbled recently while on South Korean television. The young miss had committed the grave error, in the eyes of Beijing that is, of promoting Taiwan independence by holding a flag of the Republic of China Taiwan in her hand.
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A bloody murderous attack in Jakarta, Indonesia has provided the Islamic State with another opportunity to claim victory. They have promptly done so, with a gleeful statement. The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist actions and statements, reported the credit-taking by IS on social media.
He came to power vowing a debt revolution, but after a rollercoaster year of economic meltdown forcing him to abandon his election promises, a less bouncy but still charismatic Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing the music.
President Vladimir Putin has made no public comment on the sensational report by a British judge that concluded the Kremlin leader probably approved a 2006 plan to kill a Russian dissident in London. Instead, his subordinates went before reporters and portrayed it as a groundless accusation concocted by a relentlessly hostile West.
Widespread criticism on social media and the sharing of photographs and video clips of reporters swarming around the body of young Thai actor Tridsadee "Por" Sahawong on Tuesday have once again put the role of media and respect for people's privacy and dignity up for discussion.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates slammed both the Obama administration and the presidential candidates calling for long-term realism in America's fight against the Islamic State terrorism. "I think that the president has all along underestimated ISIS, has underestimated the degree of fear that they have been able to provoke among a lot of Americans," Gates stated, using an alternative acronym for IS.
As grieving Pakistani parents lament the government's failure to keep their children safe, analysts say the Taliban has sent a message with its latest campus massacre -- a national crackdown on extremism has failed and it can hit targets at will.
Egyptian authorities have intensified a crackdown on dissent ahead of next week's anniversary of the country's 2011 Arab Spring uprising, with police raiding apartments seeking signs of plans for organized protests and checking people's social media accounts.
After months of a tumultuous campaign featuring outsiders who have upended the U.S. political system, voters will finally have their say in Iowa -- the first test of the 2016 presidential race.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Wall Street is drowning in oil. Stocks are having their worst start to a year in history in part because of a rapid plunge in the price of oil. The price of crude is down 28 percent this year already, which in turn has dragged down energy company shares in the Standard & Poor's 500 index by 13 percent, which has helped pull the overall index down 9 percent.
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