On Wednesday, a contestant in the South Korean reality TV show “Jjak” was found to have committed suicide, leaving a note saying that she “couldn't stop crying,” according to police. Subsequent media reports indicated that she had told relatives that she was under tremendous stress due to public exposure resulting from her appearance on the show.
While it is known as the First World War, the war of 1914 to 1918 has widely been seen as a faraway conflict from a long-past era in Asia. The war's centennial this year would probably pass by with ceremonial (but scarce) notice in the continent had it not been used as a historical background to highlight the tense regional relations between Japan and China by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Individual beliefs do not stay confined to the people who possess them; they can affect how society functions, and this rings true in every culture. Despite the awakening of feminism and the promotion of women's rights, gender inequality is still deeply rooted in numerous cultures and exists beyond the glass ceiling and sexual harassment.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe couldn't have a talk with mainland Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi on the Black Sea shore of Russia last Friday, but scored a nimble win in his summit diplomacy by getting Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Tokyo in the fall to discuss how to facilitate the return to Japan of its Northern Territories.
The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Sochi on Friday with a festival of music, dance and fashion, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin's bravado in front of international media for organizing the largest and most expensive Games in history.
The recent decision of France's highest administrative court to uphold the ban on the new show of the stand-up comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala was rightly hailed as a “victory” by the French government and media.
2014/1/13, 1 Comment
Fifty years ago, a popular and prolific science fiction writer took an interesting guess at what the world might look like in 2014. Even though Isaac Asimov — “I, Robot” (1950), “The Naked Sun” (1956) and “The Bicentennial Man” (1976), just to name a few of his major novels — did not live to see the world's first artificial heart transplant a few days ago (he died in 1992), he made several predictions about life in the future that are worth mentioning after his 94th birthday on Jan. 2.
As 2013 draws to a close, there are many lists being made of significant news events that took place this year. Many of those news items are important, but depressing: food safety scandals, international conflict, political in-fighting, the death of revered figures, and so on. It's easy to look back on this year and despair for the state of our civilization.
The world is entranced as it ponders the passing of South Africa's revered former president Nelson Mandela. As we mourn his passing, the giant's success in dismantling the morally outrageous system of legal discrimination known as apartheid and ushering in a new democratic government formed on a blueprint for racial harmony deserves our study.
2013/12/10, 1 Comment
Since his passing on Thursday night at age 95, people from around the world have called Nelson Mandela “one of humanity's true heroes;” a tireless leader whose message of reconciliation and forgiveness will remain a constant “source of inspiration.”