The 31st anniversary of the assassination of Philippine Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on Aug. 21 highlighted the glaring departures of President Aquino from the democratic legacies of his martyred father and late mother.
A dangerously close intercept of a U.S. Navy aircraft by a Chinese fighter jet over the South China Sea was an apparent demonstration of China's air power aimed at underlining the unyielding determination of Chinese President Xi Jinping's government to establish air supremacy in the region.
While the Chinese civil war was going on, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek made Lieutenant General Liu Fei a deputy chief of the general staff at the Ministry of National Defense. Liu, assigned to attend the Japanese Army's Military College (陸軍大學) in 1927, was a collaborator providing the war intelligence for Mao Zedong, who defeated Chiang easily and proclaimed the People's Republic of China in Beijing on Oct. 1, 1949.
- Joe Hung
Pure evil is the best description of the Islamic State militants, who previously called themselves followers of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
2014/8/25, 3 Comments
Water can put out political fires in the Mideast. Courageous indigenous warriors are making that possible, but the United States must lead.
The beheading of an American journalist by the militants of the self-proclaimed organization the Islamic State highlights once again the barbaric mindset that has become the hallmark of terror groups worldwide.
As of August, more than 8,000 elementary and secondary school teachers in Korea were waiting for their early retirement applications to be approved by education authorities across the country. The figure represents a five-fold increase from a year earlier.
The countdown started in Sarajevo in June 1914, the conflagration followed in August. The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb nationalist set in motion a series of events in which the great European powers marched, with near lockstep, into a war that would devour seventeen million people, devastate nations and dismantle empires.
On Aug. 12, Brazil's largest news program, Jornal Nacional, interviewed presidential candidate Eduardo Campos. Of his 15 minutes replying to questions, he spent at least 10 of them touting the presence of his family in the state apparatus. He filled the remaining time with banalities such as “we can't give Brazil up.”
The impasse over a special law on uncovering the truth behind the Sewol ferry disaster is another sobering example of politicians' dismal performance. Yet, it should be noted that at the root of the debacle is a lack of trust and communication.