That the iPhone 6 is allegedly bendable is not a surprise. When a production line is working as fast as those of Apple and all its rivals, some unfavorable traits or flaws are bound to emerge. What is truly amazing is the manner in which cellular users are embracing everything thrown at them. Big screens. Small screens. Earphone plug on the side. Earphone plug at the top. Earphone plug at the bottom. A little bit more computing speed every three months. And on and on it goes.
The indictment of a Japanese reporter Wednesday on a criminal defamation charge over a story on South Korean President Park Geun-hye's whereabouts on April 16, the day of the Sewol ferry disaster, has become an international embarrassment for South Korea.
Responding in part to space I recently offered to two common English words (“We must distinguish between studying and learning English” 9-28-14) a friend wants me to say more here on language related issues. Her wish reached me after last week's attention to the term “decency” appeared, albeit in a social, not to say political context (“On decency and the HK protests” 10-5-14).
'Small but meaningful step,' is how a senior official of South Korea's Unification Ministry described the surprise visit Oct. 4 of top North Korean officials. Hwang Pyong So, close adviser to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, headed the delegation, which crossed the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which divides the two Koreas.
Hong Kong has always been a city of contrasts. Wealth, a free economy, a feisty media and rule of law have always contrasted with poverty, crowding and claustrophobia.
The Occupy Central movement may not win everything it has demanded, but it has forever redefined Hong Kong politics. Seen from a broad historical view, it has won plenty.
Bhutan, the only country in the world to make “Gross National Happiness (GNH)” a national policy, has also drawn up a social media policy with an interesting twist: social networks can be an important tool for GNH and good governance.
Is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sincere about his wish to hold a summit with President Park Geun-hye? Judging by his recent comments at the Japanese Diet, either Abe has no desire to meet with Park or his political judgment has become so clouded that he cannot see the consequences of his remarks.
For most Haitians, the death of onetime dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier revives painful memories of the era of anguish and fear when he and his equally brutal father ruled the impoverished Caribbean nation. In life, “Baby Doc” cheated the Haitian people by robbing them of their dignity and national patrimony. In death, he cheated justice by avoiding a trial for corruption and human rights charges.
“I'm a very modest man,” Narendra Modi, who as a young man sold tea by the railroad but who became India's prime minister in May, told 18,500 cheering fans in New York's Madison Square Garden last week. “That's why I plan to do big things for modest people.”
2014/10/8, 4 Comments