Carved from blood-red granite and standing outside Kiev’s famous Besarabsky Market, the statue of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, aka Lenin, was a splendid sight, and its destruction is rather tragic.
Life is a short, sharp endurance test, and then you die; but solace can come by recollecting past pleasures when, for a brief interlude, the senses are vitalised and the daily quotidian becomes tolerable.
Last week, an event occurred in Singapore that had been on the cards for years, if not decades, and the wonder was that it had not happened sooner.
Diplomatic sources claim that at a recent dinner, the minister of foreign affairs of Laos, Thongloun Sisoulith, waxed indignant about America’s abduction of hundreds of individuals from around the world.
The recent protests in Bangkok echo the biblical story of Barabbas, which is described in all four gospels due to its shockingly emblematic depiction of the power of group emotion.
In this region, state censorship of the media and cultural activities remains remarkably strict.
The United States taps the telephones and monitors the emails of everyone in this region.
No one is immune: not you, not me, not Prime Minister Hun Sen or opposition leader Sam Rainsy.
Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has been under attack around the world for her acquiescence in the persecution of Muslims in her country.
The truth of Shakespeare’s axiom that there is a tide in the affairs of men has rarely been better illustrated than by the fluctuating fortunes of some of this region’s leaders over the past few months.
Observers of Malaysia soon realise that the most important elections in the country are not those for parliament, but rather those held every three years for posts in the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).