On Aug. 12, Brazil's largest news program, Jornal Nacional, interviewed presidential candidate Eduardo Campos. Of his 15 minutes replying to questions, he spent at least 10 of them touting the presence of his family in the state apparatus. He filled the remaining time with banalities such as “we can't give Brazil up.”
The impasse over a special law on uncovering the truth behind the Sewol ferry disaster is another sobering example of politicians' dismal performance. Yet, it should be noted that at the root of the debacle is a lack of trust and communication.
South Korea is a paradise for religions. Indeed, Koreans are so religious that all kinds of religions thrive here. Most Koreans are either Christians or Buddhists, but you can also find Muslims in Korea.
Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) says it will give the 250-member National Reform Council (NRC) a “free hand” in debating the 11 areas of proposed reform. But the final decision on who will be named to the council still rests with the NCPO.
During the election campaign Prime Minister Narendra Modi was asked by a TV interviewer whether he would hold talks with Pakistan amid continuing terror attacks. Modi said that one cannot talk under the sound of gunfire. Recently on a visit to Kashmir the PM told a gathering that Pakistan was conducting a proxy war through cross border terrorism. Despite this the government initiated moves for talks between foreign secretaries slated for Aug. 25.
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Pope Francis' five-day visit to Korea was a pastoral visit aimed at tending to Catholics here and, more broadly, throughout Asia.
Contrary to opinions being voiced in Thailand, democracy has not been patented by the West. Our intellectual elite should stop spreading the false idea that “Western-style democracy” does not fit Thai society.
As the White House telephone rang at 3 a.m., an announcer solemnly declared that “your vote will decide who answers that phone” and whether that will be “someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.”
The debate over whether an elected president should appoint politicians as Cabinet members as part of a power-sharing mechanism or appoint professionals instead to restore the presidential system of government has never subsided.
Twenty cents of a real (roughly 8 cents of a dollar) brought millions of people onto the streets in Brazil in July 2013. Those 20 cents channeled all popular dissatisfaction, directed all anger to the streets and showed the government's ineptitude in dealing with the Brazilian people's problems. Only 20 cents. An increase in the bus fare from 3.00 real to 3.20 real (or roughly US$1.32 to USD$1.40). About 6 percent.