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.
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.”
Fifty years ago today, the world was sent into shock as Americans grieved over the loss of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Tom Clancy, who passed away on Oct. 1, deserves the monicker of the most prominent military thriller novelist of his time. The man who never made it into the military became a writer who brought to the world novels intertwined with the machinations of government, especially the U.S. government, at its highest levels, with blood-curdling violence, conspiracies and terrorism. Most of all, Clancy vaunted minute, almost obsessive details about vehicles and devices of war in a whirlwind of high-tech extravaganza to regale the reader.
Since John F. Kennedy debated Richard M. Nixon in the run-up to the 1960 U.S. presidential election, public TV debates have been in vogue worldwide. Taiwan is more than eager to follow the trend, holding in 2010 a public TV debate between President Ma Ying-jeou and Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party and its standard bearer-to-be in 2012, over whether the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) should be signed between Taiwan and China, and getting ready for another scheduled for next month.
On Aug. 15, the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's speech broke nearly twenty years of precedent in which the leader of Japan offered “profound remorse” for causing suffering in the terrible war.
Facebook recently released their quarterly earnings report and with it some interesting stats that illustrate how vast their empire is, and how depressing our understanding of social media remains.
After security forces broke up two not very peaceful sit-in protests last week, killing close to 1,000 people and wounding thousands of others in the process, Egypt's military-backed government is considering outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood, which held the pinnacle of power a little more than a month earlier.
As the Egyptian crisis unfolds, memories of another violent scar seared into the memory of modern China — in the form of a four-second view of the infamous 'tank man' photograph, in which a lone unarmed man stands before four tanks — was presented by Cirque du Soleil during its performance in Beijing last week. CNN reported that the Chinese audience let out a collective gasp at the iconic photo of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Last Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took part in a ceremony marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, an event which, combined with the following atomic bombing of Nagasaki, compelled Japan to surrender nine days later on Aug. 15, ending the Second World War.
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