India’s deepening economic ties with Canada show Modi evolution is making progress, even if it isn’t perfect

Will India ever be the land of opportunity the international community hoped it might become when Narendra Modi — populist, economic reformer, global citizen — came to power in 2014? Certainly, in the first few years under Modi, optimism seemed merited. India opened up to more foreign direct investment; it worked towards a national sales […]

Radical core of Hong Kong protesters who trashed city’s legislature were ‘prepared to die for their cause’

A squad of radical protesters fancying themselves as martyrs, willing to die to draw global attention to their cause, led the violent siege of Hong Kong’s legislature on Monday, according to sources.A government source said the group of around 10 diehards with a “bring it on” mentality were prepared to face batons and rubber bullets […]

Advisers to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam dismiss idea of amnesty for all protesters involved in clashes over extradition bill

Hong Kong’s pro-government camp has criticised a call by a former chief of the legislature to pardon all protesters involved in clashes at demonstrations against a highly divisive extradition bill.Ronny Tong Ka-wah and Ip Kwok-him, advisers to Hong Kong’s leader in the Executive Council, warned that granting an amnesty could deal a blow to the […]

Education officials defend controversial liberal studies subject after former Hong Kong leader blames it for encouraging violent protests by young people

Hong Kong education officials have defended the controversial school subject liberal studies, saying it should not be blamed for violent protests over the extradition bill as a former leader had suggested.“There is no proof that liberal studies causes students to take radical actions,” Wendy Au Wan-sze, principal assistant secretary for education, said on Thursday.Former chief […]

Flag Fashion

I am always intrigued by the psychological and cognitive issues hidden in the news. The Nike Betsy Ross flag issue revealed a number of fascinating things. Stop to consider the broader context and historical nuance of the American flag as a protest and/or fashion item, and we learn a thing or two. Not too long… […]

Technology will not solve the Irish border issue according high-ranking UK official

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; The UK border official that was until recently in charge of Brexit border plans has warned that technology cannot prevent disruption in a no-deal scenario. The former Director-General for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Karen Wheeler, said no-deal […]

Check out these awesome AI-generated Pokémon characters that could be the future of Pokémon

Could these creatures designed by robots inspire the next generation of Pokémon? We already have a new generation of Pokémon coming to us in the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield games, but fans have made it clear that you can never have too many. Though there are currently more than 800, it’s always fun to think […]

Chennai runs out of water

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; Water in the 9-million South Indian city of Chennai is running out, with large areas having sparse access to running water for more than a month. The city’s reservoirs and lakes have run dry after two years of […]

Tusk blasted at Strasbourg on EU top jobs decisions

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; The outgoing president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, head of the EU-28 table that proposed the German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen for Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission president job, joined MEPs during their first session in Strasbourg […]

Taipei’s ‘nonconformist’ mayor Ko Wen-je tries to paint himself as man Beijing can trust despite past stance on independence

Taipei’s mayor Ko Wen-je, a possible presidential candidate, has presented himself as someone Beijing can trust by offering himself as an alternative to the traditional mainland-friendly politicians.The independent, who was once seen as a hardline pro-independence supporter, received a warm welcome during a three-day visit to Shanghai this week after adopting what one observer described […]

High-powered talks between US, Taiwanese defence officials ‘could become the new normal’

High-level meetings between defence officials from the United States and Taiwan could become the “new normal” as the Pentagon seeks to increase its involvement with the self-ruled island, but US President Donald Trump is still seen as a “restraining force” on the issue, an American think tank has said.The National Committee on American Foreign Policy, […]

The New Celebrity Shoe Trend We Really Didn’t See Coming

Most of the shoe trends for summer 2019 we saw coming, such as strappy sandals and velcro sandals, however, there is one pair of shoes that we keep spotting on celebrity feet that has totally thrown us—colorful heels. Victoria Beckham has arguably kick-started this one thanks to the three-inch high stilettos from her own label are available in both neon […]