Friday, March 20, 2015
Palestinian officials believe they can build a stronger case for international pressure on Israel now that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have cruised to re-election by adopting hard-line positions.
Not too long ago, I read an article about foreign college students not being worth the cost. To give some background information, a school head from National Sun Yat-sen University said that these students cost the government a lot of money, and that they (we) aren't worth it. The figures given were at least NT$300,000 for public school students, and at least NT$150,000 for private school students.
Speaking of the policy used to encourage local citizens and international backpackers to have a more in-depth and individual means of travel, the first idea that came to my mind was the YouBike in Taipei City, which is free for the first 30 minutes. However, the Taipei government has decided to scrap its policy of not charging for the first 30 minutes of rides using the city's popular bicycle rental system.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The three population giants in Asia — China, India and Indonesia — have now in place three leaders who are deeply committed to reforms — namely Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi and Jokowi. What is remarkable is that all three leaders share a common background and experience in governing cities or provinces away from the central government. They represent a new generation of leaders that understand the importance of bottom-up and decentralized development.
Israel's election has yielded a fractured parliament and no clear winner, setting up a horse-trading phase that seems likely to leave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in place and in ever deeper confrontation with the world. To govern, his Likud Party would need to depend on ultranationalists — a recipe for neither stability nor bold moves toward Mideastern peace.
Federal Reserve officials are about to address a question investors have been mulling for weeks:
Asian culture has always been taking morality as a really important role in either traditional or modern society since Asian parents always teach their children to respect others; however, during the process of keeping oneself being moral, we often forget to be brave enough to express our own opinions, because we are afraid that someone might get embarrassed, or even angry.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) hasn't opened its doors for business yet, but already it has strained relations between the United States and its closest ally, the United Kingdom, who shocked Washington by announcing that it had applied to become a founding member, the first Western country to do so.
The self-righteous, heavy-handed nature of Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration has become even clearer.
As world powers edge toward a possible nuclear deal with Iran, the debate has been dominated by the question of whether it leaves an opening for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. But an accord could have another profound impact: Is this the beginning of the Islamic republic's broad acceptance by the community of nations?