Wednesday, December 2, 2015
After decades of priding itself on not having a single Chinese soldier on foreign soil (except for those serving in U.N. peacekeeping forces) and having no overseas military bases, China is somewhat awkwardly acknowledging that it is making a 180-degree turn by acquiring military facilities in far-off Djibouti, in northern Africa, near the Gulf of Aden.
The conclusions of a secret United Nations nuclear agency document leaked six years ago were explosive. Iran, it said, had likely worked on developing an atomic bomb.
The outbreak of war and disease in different periods of history is a curse that leaves a deep imprint of misery, despite the fact that the former is optional while the other evinces man's vulnerability and haplessness. Ebola has created an alarming situation and this epidemic has become a big challenge for the comity of the world to combat on an emergency basis.
Saudi-led Gulf OPEC members will reject pressure to shoulder the cost of cutting oil production alone despite warnings that prices risk sliding further, officials and analysts say.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
This time, it's a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save.
A U.S. investigation into a strike on a charity-run Afghan hospital cited mistakes so "reckless" that observers said they left open the unsettling question of whether those involved had ripped up their own rulebook in a chaotic effort to take out the Taliban.
As of September of this year, the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund finally reached its target of US$30 million. In the aftermath of what was one of the worst industrial disasters in human history, it took more than two years for the fund to reach its target of US$30 million which was actually reduced from the original goal of US$40 million due to lackluster response from brands and retailers.
Last Friday's not-guilty verdict for the heads of Ting Hsin Group in the tainted oil scandal generated high levels of public outrage. Feeling betrayed by the corporate conglomerate system that overrides public trust, that writes its own rules and verifies its own dubious practices, Friday was seemingly the last straw as some believed that the conglomerate had bought the law.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to run for president next year, has warned Taiwan against getting ever closer to China lest it should lose its economic and political independence. She may win.
> Joe Hung
The ECB will roll out its big guns at its monetary policy meeting this week, ramping up its trillion-euro asset purchases and cutting key rates to hike weak inflation, analysts said.