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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
In the age of new media that we live in, we are experiencing an exciting and revolutionary evolution of cultures.
Several years back, during an interview with the Dalai Lama, I questioned the Tibetan leader on the 17-Point Agreement signed in 1951 between the Lhasa government and Beijing. It seemed clear that whatever the Chinese then offered to the Tibetans was not implemented on the ground by Beijing.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The story of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's top leader, is the type of rags-to-riches tale that is generally admired in this commercially minded city. But Leung is deeply unpopular, thanks mainly to his longstanding ties with mainland China.
Senior Russian officials are sounding dire warnings as prices rise, the ruble plunges and growth grinds to a halt, but President Vladimir Putin is ignoring their advice amid the standoff with the West over Ukraine.
Apart from how to “dissolve the colors” — the jargon for making both camps of the Thai political divide co-exist peacefully — a major question hanging in the air for everyone contemplating political reform has to do with the highly politicized anti-corruption mechanism.
It's the presidential election that just keeps surprising. A year after a spasm of huge anti-government protests across Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff piled up more votes in Sunday's election than any challenger, but it wasn't enough to avoid a runoff in three weeks.
Monday, October 6, 2014
“Rebel Without a Cause” is a 1955 American film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. Starring James Dean, it offered both social commentary and an alternative to previous films depicting delinquents in urban slum environments.
It does seem like the sound of complaints about the rising cost of living is getting louder. Higher costs mean people have to stretch their ringgit a little further than before.
A military agreement with the Philippines and easing an arms embargo against Vietnam show the Obama administration wants deeper security ties with Asia, even as turmoil in the Mideast has undermined its hope of making Asia the heart of its foreign policy.
One month before Americans elect their representatives in Congress and state offices, Republicans have a clear if narrow edge as they pick away at President Barack Obama's tarnished record.
  
  
  
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