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Everyone ages. So does a population. Population aging is a term used to explain the period when the demographic makeup of a society experiences a shrinking number of children and youth, and a rising proportion of people aged 60 and older. The growth of the elderly age bracket in a society is generally the result of an improvement of people's health and welfare.
Yesterday, the Indonesian military (TNI) celebrated its 70th anniversary. Unintentionally established by a bunch of nationalistic militias in a collective fight for independence from colonization, the TNI has evolved into a structured, hierarchical organization that helped establish a sovereign Indonesian state and shaped it into what it is now.
The fuel crisis created by the unofficial blockade of Nepal by India has launched a discourse on the country's energy security. As Nepal is completely dependent on India for petroleum products, a halt in fuel shipments has led to an acute shortage, forcing the government to ration gasoline, implement an odd-even system for vehicular movement and stop providing fuel to private automobiles altogether.
One thing that has surprised me most since retirement as Taipei's representative in Italy in 2000 to resume teaching English in universities in Taipei is that all of my graduate students majoring in English and English literature cannot sing "Auld Lang Syne" in English. It is a Scots poem composed by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.
The "red shirt" rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur not so much intensified already fractious race relations in Malaysia as brought to light the insecurities felt by the many Malaysians who identify themselves ethnically, whether they be the majority Malays or minority Chinese and Indians.
I've been back in Taiwan now for three weeks after a recent visit to the United States. Although my stay over there was only for two months, several impressions I picked up are still nagging at me.
John Boehner appears to have stunned everyone, including friends and allies, with his announcement on Sept. 25 that he is leaving the post of speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives -- and also retiring from Congress. This concludes a tour of service in the top leadership post that has been especially difficult.
The similarities between journalism and activism are obvious, but the differences are subtle.
Among the 193 presidential and ministerial speeches being made during the U.N. General Assembly debate, most will present politically pedantic and often droning restatements of the obvious; that war, terrorism, poverty and the refugee crisis lapping at Europe's shores and hinterland are among the absolute ills affecting the international community. The new and revamped sustainable development goals are then placed on the altar of global diplomacy as the penultimate offering to save the world.
Since Aug. 11, when mainland China announced that it is devaluating the yuan, world attention has been trained on China's economy in an effort to understand what is happening in the world's second largest economy.
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