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The almost biblical scenes of mass humanity surging through Europe from the Balkans to the Baltic have created jarring images as we see a mass movement of displaced Syrians and Iraqis flooding into what they see as a Promised Land, the European Union. Thus as civil conflicts rage between secular regimes and Islamic radicals, destroying ancient lands with contemporary barbarism, the human "collateral damage" is measured in both the dead and the displaced.
The consequences of the murders of two foreign nationals in Bangladesh are surfacing in different forms. A common thread of concern weaves through the manifestations. Though unpleasant, they are not surprising.
U.S. President Barack Obama's administration may be hailing the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement as a historic victory, but it is far from a done deal among some key players, say analysts.
Immediately after his state visit to the United States, China's leader Xi Jinping headed for New York, as did his host, Barack Obama.
Following the killing of an innocent Italian citizen on Sept. 28 in Dhaka, tensions have been engulfing us on all sides.
Eastern European member countries of the European Union (EU) have effectively scuttled the whole issue of significant Syrian migration to the common market.
Everyone ages. So does a population. Population aging is a term used to explain the period when the demographic makeup of a society experiences a shrinking number of children and youth, and a rising proportion of people aged 60 and older. The growth of the elderly age bracket in a society is generally the result of an improvement of people's health and welfare.
Yesterday, the Indonesian military (TNI) celebrated its 70th anniversary. Unintentionally established by a bunch of nationalistic militias in a collective fight for independence from colonization, the TNI has evolved into a structured, hierarchical organization that helped establish a sovereign Indonesian state and shaped it into what it is now.
The fuel crisis created by the unofficial blockade of Nepal by India has launched a discourse on the country's energy security. As Nepal is completely dependent on India for petroleum products, a halt in fuel shipments has led to an acute shortage, forcing the government to ration gasoline, implement an odd-even system for vehicular movement and stop providing fuel to private automobiles altogether.
One thing that has surprised me most since retirement as Taipei's representative in Italy in 2000 to resume teaching English in universities in Taipei is that all of my graduate students majoring in English and English literature cannot sing "Auld Lang Syne" in English. It is a Scots poem composed by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.
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