Widespread criticism on social media and the sharing of photographs and video clips of reporters swarming around the body of young Thai actor Tridsadee "Por" Sahawong on Tuesday have once again put the role of media and respect for people's privacy and dignity up for discussion.
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates slammed both the Obama administration and the presidential candidates calling for long-term realism in America's fight against the Islamic State terrorism. "I think that the president has all along underestimated ISIS, has underestimated the degree of fear that they have been able to provoke among a lot of Americans," Gates stated, using an alternative acronym for IS.
The consternation in Hong Kong over the case of five missing booksellers -- especially the most recent case of the apparent disappearance of Lee Bo, feared to have been kidnapped and smuggled into the Chinese mainland -- shows that the chief concern of the local population has not changed since before the handover in 1997: It is to ensure that their personal security, guaranteed under British colonial rule, will continue after China resumed sovereignty.
For President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, who was elected with a strong mandate and backed with a legislative majority, the time for policy specificity has become critical. Before Tsai's election, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je surmised that the economy and China would be the greatest challenges facing her.
A visiting professor from the Taichung area asked three days ago what I'd write about for today.
"Egregious" is how United States Secretary of State John Kerry has described North Korea's reckless international provocations, including brutal executions of people who incur the wrath of leader Kim Jong Un.
The year-end agreement between Japan and South Korea to resolve the issue of wartime "comfort women," which has been poisoning the relationship between the two countries, has been widely welcomed internationally, but not by China.
The latest tiff between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been a decade in the making. The execution of a Shia cleric, the subsequent storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran; Iran's supreme leader declaring "God's hand of retaliation will grip the neck of Saudi leaders" did not happen in a day. The clinching of the nuclear deal between the United States and Iran did not go down well with the Saudis.
Japan is known for making diplomatic faux pas. One grievous mistake was made in 1933 when the Land of the Rising Sun withdrew from the League of Nations after the Mukden Incident that sired the puppet state Manchukuo.
- Joe Hung
Singapore investor Charles Khong has long been of the view that stock markets at the start of the year are typically associated with the post-holiday blues.