Thursday, December 4, 2014
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.
For Kathy Murphy, the difference between being gay or straight is US$583 a month. Retirement should have been a “slam dunk,” the 62-year-old Texas widow says. She saved, bought a house with her spouse and has a pension through her employer.
HIV/AIDS knows no boundaries. The virus spreads to every corner of the country, including Aceh, where sharia law takes effect and gives no room for promiscuity. It has infected people from all walks of life, including loyal housewives.
Optimism that Asia is about to enter a new era of relative peace and prosperity over the next decade — a broad sentiment evident at the recent Straits Times Global Outlook Forum — appears to be consonant with global trends.
Last week's refusal by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut production, in spite of a supply glut and falling prices, underscores the complicated dynamics of oil markets.