The precipitous fall in petroleum prices has brought an unexpected holiday season bonus to oil and gasoline consumers throughout North America. And it's not a moment too soon that the high fuel prices of the past few years finally take a dip. But while cheaper costs, both for private drivers and the wider trucking and transportation industry, happily align with the upcoming holidays, there's actually a bigger story here.
While most supporters were still reveling in its overwhelming victory in last week's elections, the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) first move as a body was to call upon the Ma administration to release former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
There is a Malay saying — Harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi — which is used to describe a person who, having been entrusted to protect something, betrays the trust given to him or her by working in the opposite direction.
In an ideal world, 17-year old Setimaya Chepang of Kakada-7 in Makwanpur would be a college-going student whose only responsibility would be her studies.
There is a war going on in Europe that could have a significant impact on the U.S. and its economy.
A couple of weeks ago, IHS Jane's, a leading British publishing company specializing in military topics, reported that China was reclaiming land at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea and transforming permanently submerged features that do not qualify as an island under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea into an artificial island big enough to accommodate an airfield and a harbor, the largest Chinese naval facility in the Spratly Islands.
The military should loosen its grip and allow society to build on the foundations for democracy laid over the past four years.
In early 2006, ASEAN senior economic officials were given this challenge by their ministers: craft the economic future of the grouping; an economic community not by 2020, as stipulated in ASEAN Vision 2020, but in 2015.
HIV/AIDS knows no boundaries. The virus spreads to every corner of the country, including Aceh, where sharia law takes effect and gives no room for promiscuity. It has infected people from all walks of life, including loyal housewives.
Optimism that Asia is about to enter a new era of relative peace and prosperity over the next decade — a broad sentiment evident at the recent Straits Times Global Outlook Forum — appears to be consonant with global trends.