The announcement by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton of her candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination has brought U.S. domestic politics to the global fore yet again. Mrs. Clinton, whose credentials are impressive, is being joined in the nomination fray by several other Democrats. The rival Republicans have their own array of hopefuls who wish to revive the party's electoral fortunes after two consecutive Democratic presidential terms.
It's been 40 years since the wars in Indochina ended and the curtain dropped ushering in a new period of darkness for the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. Four long decades since the stunning imagery of North Vietnamese tanks smashing through the gates of Saigon's Doc Lap Independence Palace seizing the South Vietnamese capital, ending the decades-long war, and bringing forcible reunification by the communists to the divided nation.
It seems that radical unions will ignore public calls for restraint and go ahead with a general strike next week, which, in all regards, is not only illegal but also self-serving.
Pets are now treated as family members in Taiwan as changing demographic trends, such as aging issues, lower birth rates and delayed marriage take effect.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo's plans to carry out reforms and grow the economy have suffered a setback because of internecine party strife. The rift between him and his Indonesian Democratic Party -- Struggle (PDI-P) is excruciating to watch. While a leadership struggle within opposition Golkar puts into question its joining his ruling coalition.
Following last year's deadly Sewol disaster, the South Korean government has worked to enhance safety measures. However, despite its efforts, recurring accidents have people questioning how much has changed since the tragedy.
The South Korean government has lifted the departure ban on a former chief of The Sankei Shimbun's Seoul Bureau, eight months after barring him from leaving the country.
The news about Finland deciding to undertake reforms in its education system -- one of the most admired in the world -- has taken the world by surprise. In the opinion of its admirers, Finland's education system is almost flawless.
2015/4/16, 1 Comment
Sometimes I wonder if we humans are really better than animals or machines. While watching the news on TV or reading the newspaper, I often come across beastlike men who are inferior to animals and machines.
2015/4/16, 1 Comment
Beijing must be feeling the pressure from the United States to stop its campaign of turning tiny reefs that it controls in the South China Sea into artificial islands capable of accommodating military aircraft and vessels. The Monday edition of the People's Daily online carried not one but two commentaries criticizing the United States for its accusations against China.