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Self-interest sinks hopes for peace
In the second half of the 1970s, a hand hit a button to turn the Muslim world into a blood bath. In the process that started with the acceleration of the Lebanese civil war, coups came one after another -- in 1977 in Pakistan, in 1978 in Iraq and Afghanistan, in 1979 in Iran and in 1980 in Turkey
 
Donald Trump will assume the American presidency during a pivotal time in U.S.-Asian relations.
 
The most fashionable word after Brexit and Trump's triumph in 2016 as U.S. president-elect was "post-truth," roughly defined as the "cherry-picking of data to support emotive politics." If there is no truth or objective facts, because all media is subject to manipulation, are we then living in "alt-future," an alternative future where there are no truths, only selective lies?
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So long, Year of the Monkey - A glance back at the winners and losers of 2016
Enter the Rooster, exit the Monkey. Once again, as the new year begins, we take at look at who's in and who's out in Asia.
 
The reality and legacy of Thailand's monarchy
For some "truth" is just another one of life's challenges (to surmount) -- another road as it were, not overly difficult to navigate and manipulate or to design and build, especially if you're among the powerful and privileged. In reality, however, truth is tough -- tough to perceive, to comprehend, and not the least, to judge.
 
Chasing healthy growth:Taiwan and America's shared challenge
Governments worldwide remain vigilant in their focus on infectious diseases such as dengue fever, cholera, malaria and Zika or on dangers that could potentially return, like the SARS virus that struck Hong Kong more than a dozen years ago starting in March 2003.
 
Last week, Chinese military jets circled Taiwan. Today the Taiwanese government acknowledged that China could send naval vessels to follow suit.
 
Intensifying air and howitzer bombardments following the disintegration of the fleeting cease-fire after the last Eid al-Adha have turned Aleppo into a ghost town.
 
There is a common thread running through Brexit, Trump and this week's Italian referendum -- not a populist revolt, but a question of identity.
 
Let's stop blaming Donald Trump for our misogynistic world. Even without him, there are plenty of men in leadership positions who think women are just fair game.
 
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