Not much of Pakistan operates on merit. Connections procure jobs, recommendations procure promotions, an uncle in this bureaucracy, a brother in that one, all of it together amounts to the favors and facilitators that are needed to get where one wants to be.
From celebrations in united Germany marking the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall to those in the United States over midterm elections delivering a more evenly divided Washington, what a week it has been for division, past and present.
“Indonesia under my administration is open to business. But Indonesia, like other sovereign nations, must ensure that no harm comes to our national interests,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told Indonesia's neighbors ahead of the full implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) late next year.
On Oct. 29, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced the end of what is now called QE3, the third round of Fed quantitative easing purchases of Treasury bonds and agency mortgage-backed securities to keep the economy going.
“So where are you from?” New Taipei mayoral candidate Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) asked me soon after we sat down for the interview.
- 2014/11/14, 3 Comments
With a bright smile and dressed casually, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) formally announced his re-election campaign slogan “Doer,” alluding to both his efforts as mayor in elevating the status of New Taipei City over the last four years and what his motto will be in the coming four years should he win re-election.
- 2014/11/13, 1 Comment
The historic meeting between the leaders of China and Japan, hours before the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting convened in Beijing, hopefully will lead to an easing of tensions between the two countries, ending a period when the relationship was in free fall.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- For a city whose citizens have been criticized for being cold and indifferent, Taipei is blazing with unconstrained excitement for the upcoming mayoral elections.
This is a tricky time to be a state, and an even trickier time to be a citizen. The nation-state, the classic provider of security and basic wellbeing in exchange for citizens' loyalty, is under threat — both at home and as the fundamental unit of international affairs.