Is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sincere about his wish to hold a summit with President Park Geun-hye? Judging by his recent comments at the Japanese Diet, either Abe has no desire to meet with Park or his political judgment has become so clouded that he cannot see the consequences of his remarks.
For most Haitians, the death of onetime dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier revives painful memories of the era of anguish and fear when he and his equally brutal father ruled the impoverished Caribbean nation. In life, “Baby Doc” cheated the Haitian people by robbing them of their dignity and national patrimony. In death, he cheated justice by avoiding a trial for corruption and human rights charges.
“I'm a very modest man,” Narendra Modi, who as a young man sold tea by the railroad but who became India's prime minister in May, told 18,500 cheering fans in New York's Madison Square Garden last week. “That's why I plan to do big things for modest people.”
2014/10/8, 2 Comments
In the age of new media that we live in, we are experiencing an exciting and revolutionary evolution of cultures.
Several years back, during an interview with the Dalai Lama, I questioned the Tibetan leader on the 17-Point Agreement signed in 1951 between the Lhasa government and Beijing. It seemed clear that whatever the Chinese then offered to the Tibetans was not implemented on the ground by Beijing.
Apart from how to “dissolve the colors” — the jargon for making both camps of the Thai political divide co-exist peacefully — a major question hanging in the air for everyone contemplating political reform has to do with the highly politicized anti-corruption mechanism.
“Rebel Without a Cause” is a 1955 American film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. Starring James Dean, it offered both social commentary and an alternative to previous films depicting delinquents in urban slum environments.
- Joe Hung
It does seem like the sound of complaints about the rising cost of living is getting louder. Higher costs mean people have to stretch their ringgit a little further than before.
Last week I pushed the envelope here a bit by insisting that native speakers of English may use the verbs “study” and “learn” in different ways. There are also subtle differences in usage between “courtesy” and “decency.” As a reality in life and not merely a word, “decency” is the tougher to define.
“No one should be ducking in this case.” That statement was made by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark in discussing the coordinated allied operations against the major terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).