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"Together, let's be the last ones to cry; and together, let's be the last ones standing against barbarism." This is how is the mayor of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, rightly described our feelings Tuesday after two Islamists attacked the local church and slit a priest's throat.
The Republican Party formally nominated Donald Trump Tuesday as its candidate for the upcoming U.S. presidential election in November, ending a never-ending primary campaign filled with personal attacks and derogatory remarks that saw the billionaire tycoon defeat 16 White House hopefuls.
The recent horrific attack in Nice, France that killed at least 84 people last Thursday night is fresh on our minds, and international media and French President Francois Hollande have referred to it as a terrorist attack.
That the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague would rule against mainland China's claim in the South China Sea in a case brought by the Philippines does not come as a surprise.
Last Thursday, a mere 48 hours after coming out with his bombshell press conference that blasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for being "extremely careless" in her handling of emails during her time as the U.S.' top diplomat, FBI director James Comey went before a House committee to explain his decision to not recommend criminal prosecution for "negligence" in endangering national security.
Gen. Feng Shih-kuan, minister of national defense, passed the buck to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) last Thursday when he was asked at a Legislative Yuan Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee meeting why two 100-ton CGA patrol boats were ordered back to Taiwan from Taiping Island, the largest of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Last month Britain held its Brexit referendum, the result of which shocked the world -- that the UK wants to leave the European Union for good. The majority did what their hearts wanted and went against all logic. Sticking with the EU would have maintained the status quo, ensured economic stability and avoided the current uncertainty that experts and scholars had warned of.
Democracy is by far the most suitable political system for human societies. However, recent events in the UK, the United States and Taiwan show that populism can still pose a threat to democracy.
Sine Vote Leave won the Brexit referendum, the tweet "I'm never giving up my seat on the train for an old person again" was retweeted over 15,000 times. Young Brits feel, not without reason, that their fate was decided by older people, who overwhelmingly voted to leave the EU.
A substantial number of voters in the U.S. and the UK seem to be determined to make really dangerous choices as democracies around the world are facing an adverse climate of public cynicism, anger and hopelessness.
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