Thursday, December 4, 2014
Uruguayan president-elect Tabare Vazquez, a cancer doctor returning to the country's highest office a decade after launching an anti-smoking crusade, faces a dilemma over his predecessor's landmark marijuana law.
There is a Malay saying — Harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi — which is used to describe a person who, having been entrusted to protect something, betrays the trust given to him or her by working in the opposite direction.
In an ideal world, 17-year old Setimaya Chepang of Kakada-7 in Makwanpur would be a college-going student whose only responsibility would be her studies.
There is a war going on in Europe that could have a significant impact on the U.S. and its economy.
At a time when we are reflecting on the lessons from the Cold War amid growing concern about the current U.S.-Russia relationship, we should be looking ahead to anticipate how changes in technology and geopolitics create new challenges to peace and stability among the world's major powers.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, IHS Jane's, a leading British publishing company specializing in military topics, reported that China was reclaiming land at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea and transforming permanently submerged features that do not qualify as an island under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea into an artificial island big enough to accommodate an airfield and a harbor, the largest Chinese naval facility in the Spratly Islands.
The military should loosen its grip and allow society to build on the foundations for democracy laid over the past four years.
Political analysts see a new trend in Taiwan away from party politics and toward more civic engagement after the weekend's local elections, in which the China-friendly ruling party suffered a humiliating defeat.
In early 2006, ASEAN senior economic officials were given this challenge by their ministers: craft the economic future of the grouping; an economic community not by 2020, as stipulated in ASEAN Vision 2020, but in 2015.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
On a trip to Afghanistan during U.S. President Barack Obama's first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military's special operations headquarters that linked directly back to a top White House national security official.