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Monday, April 6, 2015
A popular proverb whose origin is attributed to Joseph Kennedy, father of President John F. Kennedy, is "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
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Hillary Rodham Clinton can claim a piece of the victory if the U.S. and other world powers ultimately complete a final nuclear deal with Iran.
A year since the start of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin may not have emerged the winner in his showdown with the West but he has not lost either, analysts say.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Some folks may picture Taipei as a fishbowl of sorts for so-called foreigners. It is not unusual for local friends to assume that quite a few of us from outside the country are all but automatic acquaintances or actual friends of foreigners they happen to know of. Don't we "lao wai" all know each another? Don't we all move in the same circles? Ha ha.
The visit of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington has dominated news headlines and discussion. Meanwhile, the visit of another leader of an important U.S. ally has received far less coverage.
The framework nuclear deal sealed by world powers and Iran leaves major questions: Could Iran cheat? Possibly. Would the U.S or anyone else be able to respond in time? In theory, yes. Are they prepared to use military force? Questionable.
From the far right to the radical left, populist parties across Europe are being courted by Russia's Vladimir Putin who aims to turn them into allies in his anti-EU campaign.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Throughout the chaos, calamity and conflict which has befallen the Middle East, there are few groups which have come under such intense attack as Christians and minority ethnic communities. As countries like Iraq and Syria face the sharp end of ethnic and political strife, the persecution of small but significant Christian communities by terrorist elements such as Islamic State has tragically followed. This deadly plague of religious persecution has spilled over into neighboring countries including Libya and Egypt.
As the first quarter of 2015 comes to a close, ambitions for regional economic integration are running high in Asia. Three major frameworks for economic integration are slated for completion this year.
A recent survey conducted by Ming Chuan University shows that an astounding 83.49 percent of respondents are satisfied with the performance of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), whose rise to one of the most prominent positions in Taiwan politics is nothing short of astonishing. This feat is made even more amazing given that Ko, now riding a wave of political success, isn't even a politician in the strictest sense of the word.
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