About two and a half months after they began, the street sit-ins conducted by students and activists to call for greater democracy in the election of Hong Kong's chief executive have ended. Sooner or later, however, these demands for democracy will inevitably catch fire again.
The terrorist outrage in Pakistan and the siege crisis in Sydney reveal dimensions of the terror threat that are dangerously relevant to Singapore.
Regardless of whether you think police conduct is a problem in America, we can all agree on this: Vigilante violence against the brave men and women who keep us safe must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
Toward the end of each year, the world's mass media outlets compete to select the top 10 news events. This contest is enough to excite general readers but not educational enough to show them the future trends in the world.
It was spontaneous and unprecedented. The gathering outside Lal Masjid to protest Maulana Abdul Aziz's refusal to condemn the perpetrators of the Peshawar massacre was an unusual spark in otherwise dark days.
On the third floor of the City of Dreams casino in Macau, private VIP saloons for high rollers are named after iconic rivers in China such as the Huangpu in Shanghai.
Going into his second month in office, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has done quite a lot to allay concerns that his weak political position, particularly against a determined and bitter opposition in the House of Representatives, could prevent him from pushing his ambitious reform agenda.
The Legislative Yuan is all set to create a new special committee to amend the Constitution of the Republic of China as was first suggested by Eric Chu, mayor of New Taipei City.
- Joe Hung
The year's end is not a bad time to reflect where we are likely to proceed in a year of huge uncertainties. At the beginning of the year, the major headline events, such as Ukraine, ISIS, oil crash and Occupy Central were not on most people's radar screen. As the year proceeded, there was realization that we are heading toward a period of slower growth and higher volatility, without much inflation as commodity and oil prices tanked to record levels not seen since the 1990s.
In some ways the flap about former Korean Air executive vice-president Cho Hyun-ah and an on-board snack seems too trivial for media attention. After all, I am quite sure that every flight attendant in the world could tell story after story about hard-to-please customers and silly antics on airplanes.