Sunday, April 6, 2014
The people of Afghanistan go to the polls tomorrow to vote for a new president to replace Hamid Karzai, who came to power after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
In the recent traditional Balinese kissing ritual of omed-omedan, believed to bring good luck, couples were doused with water to cool their passions. Similarly, the national cooling off period starting Sunday aims to douse us all with calm, and end the election campaign period from last month, which became increasingly heated toward its close.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Since ancient times, Qingming, or Tomb Sweeping Festival, has been a time for honoring ancestors and mourning deceased relatives. Although it is still regarded as a serious and solemn family ceremony in modern China, its nature is changing due to the transformation of society.
New figures demonstrate that CIOs are aware of the new business models, consumption models, user expectations, security issues and privacy concerns associated with the cloud, and they will use the cloud to drive growth and innovation throughout their organizations.
Indonesians will go to the polls on April 9 to pick candidates for the national parliament, along with provincial and district assemblies.
The conclusion of South Korea's Defense Ministry that the two drones recently found near the inter-Korean border came from the North has heightened security concerns, as it indicates the possibility of the communist country launching undetected attacks on facilities in the South using remote-controlled aircraft laden with explosives.
Will Pervez Musharraf be allowed to leave? Are there cracks developing within the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on the matter? How does all of this augur for the relationship between Nawaz Sharif and the chief of army staff that the former recently appointed? Welcome to Pakistan, a proverbial haven for rhetoric and speculation, where interest in the fate of a general trumps analysis of the deep state that the former served.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Europe needs a “New Deal” to rise above the economic crisis and austerity policies, the European Left Party's Greek candidate for EU commission chairman, Alexis Tsipras, says in an interview.
In his first interview since fleeing to Russia, Ukraine's ousted president said Wednesday that he was “wrong” to have invited Russian troops into Crimea and vowed to try to persuade Russia to return the coveted Black Sea peninsula.
Information about executive compensation at South Korea's major listed companies was released early this week. As had been expected, the data, made public as part of a regulatory filing, instantly became the talk of the town.