Setting an agenda for Japan's economic challenges. Setting an agenda for national security. Rebuilding a political system to implement necessary policies. These should be the reasons for going to the people.
It appears national reform is not going smoothly. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which staged the coup of May 22 and is now a driving force behind the reform efforts, has come under heavy criticism regarding two issues in the past week.
The SAARC Summit is fast approaching and Nepal is engaged in last-minute preparations, though even the government seems unsure if the Summit will make any substantial achievement for regional integration.
2014/11/18, 1 Comment
In Taiwan's political landscape, Northern Taiwan is dominated by supporters of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party while supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) populate the south.
- 2014/11/18, 2 Comments
Last week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting clearly shows the rise of China and the relative decline of the United States. A confident Xi Jinping made Beijing the venue to pronounce China as the power to be reckoned with in the fraying pax Americana.
- Joe Hung
Eighteen nations, including Japan, the United States, China, Russia and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, have indicated their strong determination to forge a united East Asia to deal with threats posed by the Islamic State, a radical Islamic organization in the Middle East.
On the night of July 31, a series of gas explosions ripped Kaohsiung City apart. They were explosions on a scale unknown in the city, resulting in 30 people dead and more than 300 injured.
- 2014/11/17, 4 Comments
As I prepare a mid-term examination these days for students in a survey course in American Literature, I am quite conscious of a doubt that's been nagging at me the past three or four years.
The immediate aftermath of Veterans Day, and all the related media commentary, is a good time for reflection on our military and our democratic nation. National Public Radio interviews with two leaders are especially instructive.
The recent drop in world oil prices — from more than US$100 a barrel in June to about US$80 a barrel now — will benefit the global economy, American consumers and a beleaguered U.S. foreign policy. And there are reasons to think oil could remain in the US$75-to-$95 range for the next two years.