Saturday, November 22, 2014
Singapore has won praises the world over as a success story: the city-state has good administrators, world-class education, well-planned industrial policy and a well-oiled efficiency that few can match. Even the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was so impressed that he openly told former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew that China would take lessons from Singapore to enhance the progress of the country.
Spain is fighting a new wave of “homegrown” Islamic extremism, raiding cells and hunting radicals on the Internet as scores of Spaniards join Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq.
The German state of Thuringia could very soon become the first state to have a candidate of The Left party, a hard-left group, take over a state governor's office. This represents not only ignorance of German history but also a test case against the German chancellor.
Last week in India, the Gujarat state assembly passed a bill that makes it mandatory for anyone standing for public office to have a toilet at home. Existing members of the government also need to declare that they have a toilet at their residence within six months.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Setting an agenda for Japan's economic challenges. Setting an agenda for national security. Rebuilding a political system to implement necessary policies. These should be the reasons for going to the people.
Dozens of U.N. peacekeepers have been killed in northern Mali and kidnapped on Syria's Golan in recent months, while in South Sudan they shelter 100,000 civilians fleeing merciless fighting.
It appears national reform is not going smoothly. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which staged the coup of May 22 and is now a driving force behind the reform efforts, has come under heavy criticism regarding two issues in the past week.
The nuclear deal being sought by six world powers this week in Vienna will not completely remove the possibility that Iran might, in theory, one day be able to build an atomic bomb.