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SPECULATION FROM SEOUL: PRESIDENT BAN KI-MOON?

Exerpted with permission from Joongang Daily from Soul – Amid speculation about the possibility that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon may run for president next year, multiple diplomatic sources told the JoongAng Sunday that the UN chief is establishing a foundation to support his domestic activities. The sources indicated that two or three of the […]

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CHINA: HONG KONG GETS SOME BLUNT ADVICE

Excerpted courtesy of the South China Morning Post — Visiting state leader , from Beijing,  warned everyone would have to pay the price if Hong Kong became chaotic, in a 20-minute speech to more than 220 representatives from various sectors at the government headquarters this morning. “We are all in the same boat. If Hong Kong […]

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PAKISTAN: Is Trump Unnerving 453,000 Pakistani Immigrants in the U.S.?

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States and proposed changes to the country’s immigration and visa policies. While millions of his supporters have cheered the proposal, most Democrats and even many top Republican figures have opposed it. Among Muslims, there is […]

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VIETNAM: Infidelity and the New Scarlet Letter

KATIE TRINH WITES – Whether it’s religious influences, social norms, or human nature, society tends to view a “relationship” as exclusively between an individual man and an individual woman – or in today’s increasing acceptance of various sexualities, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, and so on. Monogamy is valued worldwide […]

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QATAR: Will the World Cup Bubble Burst?

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- Qatar has been fairly confident about keeping the 2022 World Cup. The country has passed some labor reforms and FIFA still backs them, but the country’s officials might have to be more cautious. Harvard professor John Ruggie wrote a FIFA-commissioned report on the organization’s human rights responsibilities and advised that if Qatar […]

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SEOUL: WHAT THE UNNERVING DARK CAR-WINDOW SYNDROME REVEALS

THIS ESSAY BY L.A.-BASED BUSINESSMAN AND PHILANTHROPIST SPENCER H. KIM IS REPRINTED FROM THE INFLUENTIAL SEOUL-BASED NEWSPAPER JOON-GANG DAILY, WITH PERMISSION: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – I couldn’t figure out why, but it really bothered me. Why are there so many cars in Korea with dark windshields? The occupants drive around shut off from the eyes […]

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AUSTRALIA: Trump Spells Bad Times for Australian Peace of Mind

MERLIN EVANS WRITES – A US Presidential election victory for Donald Trump could force Australia to more than double its defense budget. A former defense official who now heads the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Peter Jennings, warned the reduction in US involvement in Asia that Trump proposes would force the Australian government to raise its […]

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HONG KONG: SO WHO IS XI JINPING?

TOM PLATE WRITES – Begin with the unpretentious wisdom of the late Yogi Berra, a notably inarticulate Hall of Fame baseball player celebrated for memorable ‘Yogi-isms’: “It’s tough to make predictions,” one went, “especially about the future.” But the wish for the better can parent premature thoughts; the caring media always wants to believe that […]

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PAKISTAN: THE BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGES

LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – When people attend a Pakistani wedding, they’re mesmerized by the colors, tradition and culture woven into the event: the gorgeous bride and groom, the laughter of family members, music and dancing going on for days and days. Imagine that the bride and groom are both from affluent families. The daughter is […]

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US-KOREAN ALLIANCE: TRUMPTED BY A NEW ISOLATIONISM?

Professor Moon Chung-in of Yonsei University Writes (courtesy of JoongAng Ilbo, April 9, Page 27) — “The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance survived 600 years, and the U.K.-U.S. alliance continued for more than 100 years,” Yoichi Funabashi, former editor-in-chief of the Asahi Shimbun, told me a few years ago. “I believe the U.S.-Japan alliance should survive a century,” […]

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JAPAN: Taiwan Makes a Sharp Move

AMANDA KRETSCH WRITES – Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has sealed the deal to take over and revive Sharp Corp, making this acquisition the first time a foreign company will acquire a Japanese electronics manufacturer. Hon Hai and Sharp negotiated for months, but with the downturn of Sharp, a rescue plan drafted by Hon […]

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LOS ANGELES: ‘HE WALKS AMID HISTORY’

ASIA MEDIA WRITES – On April 6, LMU had the esteemed honor to bestow an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters on United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. The UNSG gave a keynote address on the morning of the degree conferral ceremony, wherein he gave a short policy speech. Afterward, Ban spoke informally with some distinguished […]

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