The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe's largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the one hand, “spontaneous” political demonstrations and government building seizures by pro-Russian separatists, are bringing an air of deliberately planned disorder to the country's eastern regions bordering Russia.
In Korean, the word Sewol means “time.” Sewol was the name of the ferry that met a sudden and tragic fate on Wednesday morning, but time was what we didn't have in the painstaking efforts to save those on board.
As much of Indochina marked the New Year this week, it faces a potentially turbulent year. On Monday, a traditional Khmer drummer heralded the dawn of the Year 2557 in the Buddhist calendar from atop Wat Phnom in Cambodia's capital. In neighboring Thailand, the deep hum of temple gongs resonated across rice paddy fields.
The reprieve afforded by Songkran came and went much too fast. Now we return to our evermore-acute anxiety over the country's political and economic state of affairs. Without a fully functioning government for more than four months, Thailand has been shamefully put on an autopilot. Truth be told, we have become a failed state.
As far as diplomatic gambits go, the stakes don't get any higher than the Philippines' decision to challenge China's contentious South China Sea territorial claims at a United Nations tribunal.
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Narendra Modi, most likely India's prime minister in the near future, came under attack last week for a reason other than his right-wing Hindutva ideology. His opponents questioned his admission of marital status in the nomination papers. In earlier elections, he had claimed no family and left the marital status slot blank.
The global financial crash of 2008 not only diminished the savings of workers nearing retirement, but it also altered mindsets about the work cycle.
While many people insist that cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, a similar case can be made for water. There are very few commercial ventures, if any, that can go on for long without a reliable water supply.
Two years after the United States, the European Union and Japan filed a complaint in the World Trade Organization against China's export restrictions on rare earths, the WTO issued a Panel report last month which determined that the Chinese actions were inconsistent with the world body's trading rules.
Japanese consumers are nursing their bruised wallets after the country hiked its sales tax from 5 percent to 8 percent on April 1, but they are not the only ones.