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Any thinking person could quickly tick off a list of concerns that come to mind in the wake of the violence that broke out within steps of the Taipei District Court last Wednesday after a legal proceeding in the so called "cat-death trial."
 
Brazil is truly a nation in flux. The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have unfolded fairly smoothly, though not without incidents and ongoing tensions. On Aug. 14, four swimmers from the United States reported being robbed, but that incident is now discounted.
 
What is a memorable way to celebrate a country's independence day? For Indonesia, one of the events lined up was the sinking of foreign fishing boats caught after allegedly encroaching into its territorial waters. Not one boat, not several boats, but 60 in one go.
 
Shock and awe just about sums up the stunning achievement of young Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling at the Rio Olympics.
 
A vital American ally has gone geopolitically adrift in the wake of Turkey's failed military coup and the subsequent crackdown on all forms of domestic political dissent by the strongman ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The bloody coup in which hundreds died, nonetheless served as a tragic backdrop for what appears to be a pre-planned crackdown by Erdogan loyalists on a wide swath of opposition forces.
 
One of the promises that every government in Pakistan holds out to the people is that it will end load-shedding. Deadlines are announced but not met. Waiting for uninterrupted power supply from the grid is like waiting for Godot.
 
Celebrating its 71st Independence Day anniversary, Indonesia has revealed an ugly, disturbing side that the nation should have long discarded: xenophobia.
 
By now the name of Gen. Zia ul-Haq has practically become a metaphor for the darkest decade in Pakistan's history.
 
Nepal acquired its sense of national identity after Prithvi Narayan Shah united many small principalities into one political identity in 1768. In this regard, Nepal can be called the oldest nation-state in South Asia. In 1768, the U.S. was still struggling to free itself from the yoke of British colonialism and India existed as a splintered subcontinent, similarly plagued and plundered by British imperialism.
 
Seldom before would a prime minister's address to the nation have caused so many people to "see red" as Narendra Modi's did on the country's Independence Day on Aug. 15: both because of what he said, as well as what he ignored.
 
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