Sunday, April 20, 2014
Taiwan media tend to be keenly interested in surveys, statistics, and just about any type of tool that measures opinions. I may be the smallest cog in the wheel of our local print scene, but that doesn't matter. I too like to ask questions and count answers.
“To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war,” said Winston Churchill in 1954, supporting the principle of nations negotiating. Those wise words from a principal war leader with distinctive credentials are worth keeping in mind as the crisis in Ukraine escalates.
The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his or her finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.
After the tech euphoria of 2013, the fast-moving sector has hit a speed bump.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe's largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the one hand, “spontaneous” political demonstrations and government building seizures by pro-Russian separatists, are bringing an air of deliberately planned disorder to the country's eastern regions bordering Russia.
In Korean, the word Sewol means “time.” Sewol was the name of the ferry that met a sudden and tragic fate on Wednesday morning, but time was what we didn't have in the painstaking efforts to save those on board.
The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is set to be the most expensive in aviation history, analysts say, as efforts to find the aircraft deep under the Indian Ocean show no signs of slowing.
U.S. President Barack Obama had a curt assessment of his own administration's latest “breakthrough” in its tangled diplomacy with Vladimir Putin: buyer beware.
As much of Indochina marked the New Year this week, it faces a potentially turbulent year. On Monday, a traditional Khmer drummer heralded the dawn of the Year 2557 in the Buddhist calendar from atop Wat Phnom in Cambodia's capital. In neighboring Thailand, the deep hum of temple gongs resonated across rice paddy fields.
Friday, April 18, 2014
The reprieve afforded by Songkran came and went much too fast. Now we return to our evermore-acute anxiety over the country's political and economic state of affairs. Without a fully functioning government for more than four months, Thailand has been shamefully put on an autopilot. Truth be told, we have become a failed state.