What is interesting with regard to Indonesian democracy is that it paves the way for people to come to power through the use of family relationships, as seen in the clans of a number of governors — Ratu Atut Chosiyah, Syahrul Limpo, Sinyo Sarundajang and Sjachroedin ZP and many more at the regency or municipal levels across the nation.
China is dramatically increasing its imports of crude oil from Russia and the two countries seem to be on the verge of huge deals involving natural gas, of which Russia holds the world's largest reserves.
If there's one steryotype about people from Singapore, it's of a people who are materialistic and kiasu (translated to English as “afraid to lose”), always judging people by the money they have.
The sectarian violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state in 2012 escalated to a larger conflict between Muslims and Buddhists in the central part of the country in 2013.
There has never been a caste system in China, though the “Middle Kingdom” used to have four classes of people. They were scholars (士), farmers (農), artisans (工), and merchants (商). Unlike in India, there were no untouchables in China, but in pre-modern Japan, where the same four characters were used to describe the four classes of people, the scholars were replaced by warriors, while lower classes of untouchables known as hinin (非人) and eta (穢多) existed.
- Joe Hung
The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families released the results of a survey this week in which more than 1,000 local junior and senior high school students participated. The topic of the survey sounds awfully grown-up: freedom of expression. Media reported that up to 70 percent of the teens felt they were “unable to make a difference to society because they are not free to speak out.”
Shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, CBS commentator Eric Sevareid noted the principal legacy of the murdered leader might well be an 'attitude,' a contagious spirit that all things are possible if only we have the vision and will.
Suthep Thaugsuban's call for widespread civil disobedience might have been aimed at firing up the protesters at Bangkok's Democracy Monument. It was, at most, a symbolic gesture.
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping has often likened the challenge of China's reform to chewing” hard bones” — a tough and daunting task that he said he is not afraid to bite into. The just-concluded Chinese Communist Party leadership conference in Beijing proved his courage, though he didn't bite off a lot.
Argentina's next leader will likely try to end interventionist policies that scare off investment, although any reform effort is sure to hit a wall when it comes to cutting popular subsidies that also distort the economy.