Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Last week's G-7 meeting at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps marked a major breakthrough in climate-change policy. The seven largest high-income economies (the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada) made the revolutionary decision to decarbonize their economies during this century.
Greece is a cow slipping on ice that must be pushed to firm ground, says European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, employing a rustic metaphor for painful days of trying to save headstrong Athens from default and catastrophe.
Denmark's anti-immigration DPP party is expected to post a record score in Thursday's general election, which has been marked by debate over the place of foreigners in Danish society.
Monday, June 15, 2015
So it's going to be a battle of "Little Red Pepper" against "Water Spinach" come next Jan. 16. Hung Hsiu-chu, Little Red Pepper, will face-off with Water Spinach, Tsai Ing-wen, in the presidential election.
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About a month after the April 25 earthquake hit Nepal, a landslide occurred about 10 kilometers north of Beni, the headquarters of Myagdi district.
Sepp Blatter thinks FIFA can reform itself. Anti-corruption experts say an institution in that much trouble won't be able to clean itself up without an outsider.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
For the past 5 years, I've been meeting over Thursday lunch periods with a group of students on my campus for discussions on current affairs, almost always focused on Taiwan. We rely on media reports, opinion columns similar to this one, and life experiences to share observations and views on whatever pops up in the news.
Turkey's electorate has voted for democracy and the rule of law over incipient dictatorship, a most positive development. In June 7 parliamentary elections, the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) was abandoned by many voters. The ruling party won the largest bloc of seats in parliament, but lost the majority.
The hacking of millions of U.S. government employees is likely part of an effort by People's Republic of China (PRC) intelligence for long-term profiling -- and possibly more nefarious things.
Despite growing pressure to address the tragedy of African migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, the African Union is unlikely to offer any home-grown solutions to the crisis, say analysts.