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What is the role of language in politics? Do those who claim to represent people's interests have a responsibility to use language that is decent, imbued with reason, values that are humane and that facilitate a pursuit of justice and welfare? Or should the language we use be left to the whims and fancies of our instincts and moods of the day?
 
The new social media feature from Facebook that allows users to broadcast live events from their smartphones -- Facebook Live -- has taken the media world by storm, raising a new challenge for news reporters that could affect the quality of their work.
 
"We recognize the importance of maintaining dialogue with Russia." This was inserted in a joint communique from the Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting held in Hiroshima at the Japanese government's desire.
 
We know the world today is turbulent, volatile and violent. It is also interconnected and interdependent. That's why matters to everyone who gets to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations. And that's why Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, should get the world's top job.
 
A world away from this side of the Pacific in California's largest city, where leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors are convening for the annual Milken Institute Global Conference, concerns continue to grow about the sustainability of mainland China's relatively rapid rise.
 
In thinking about the children caught up in the Syrian refugee crisis, it might be tempting to quote the age-old adage and ignore them as "children of a lesser God." Not quite.
 
When the Disney movie Frozen was all the rage in South Korea in early 2014, comparisons abounded between the cartoon's ice queen character Elsa and the country's President Park Geun-hye.
 
The Republic of China (R.O.C.) is party to the conflicts in the Taiwan Strait and the East and South China Seas. Should the military competition between the United States and China lead to war, Taiwan will be part of it. Time to reconsider the strategic importance of a tiny island only 130 kilometers away from the mainland. It is a small but central element of East Asia's security architecture.
 
At this late stage of the ongoing Philippines presidential contest, the man to beat appears to be Rodrigo Duterte -- until very recently an outsider to national politics who very few thoughtful Filipinos took seriously. How does one account for the phenomenal rise to national stature of a local politician from a remote corner of southern Philippines?
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For the first time in its history, there will be a Nobel Peace laureate and the world's most famous political icon in the family of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), which serves as the ASEAN annual meeting.
 
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