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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.
2014/10/5
“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).
2014/10/5
The Asian Games, a multi-sport competition featuring nations from across Asia, has always been my favorite event, besides the World Cup, the Summer Olympics and the Asian Cup of soccer, especially if the Asiad, as it is formally called, is held in East Asia.
2014/10/5
On Sept. 25, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Muslim president of the world's third-largest democracy, came to Washington to inaugurate a statue of a Hindu goddess in front of his nation's embassy.
2014/10/5
This week I was in Tianjin attending the 18th International Conference of Banking Supervisors, the annual gathering of the world's top bank regulators to review the progress of implementation of Basel III, the new rules that were established in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis of 2007/2009.
2014/10/4
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But the Korean Peninsula remains stifled by a wall of division,” stated South Korean President Park Geun-hye. In a landmark address to the U.N. General Assembly, President Park made the bold assertion, “I call on the international community to stand with us in tearing down the world's last remaining wall of division.”
2014/10/4
In the years since Hong Kong reverted from British rule to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, the territory has never witnessed such scenes of chaos. The administration of Chinese President Xi Jinping has found itself with a major political problem on its hands.
2014/10/4
Last week, President Xi Jinping addressed the International Confucian Association to mark the 2,565th anniversary of the birth of Confucius. This would have been impossible for a Communist leader in earlier times. During the reign of Chairman Mao Zedong, Confucius was subjected to vilification and contempt.
2014/10/1
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China has a history of suppressing democratic movements, but people all over the world are hoping that, this time, the leadership in Beijing will change its tune in Hong Kong and honor its own policy of “one country, two systems.”
2014/10/1
The week that was began loudly with spirited declarations on the world stage against the scourge of terrorism, particularly of the Islamic State (IS) variety.
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