Past governments made a grave mistake in allowing the Dhammakaya sect to build a temple on a site that covers the equivalent of 900 football pitches when a typical Buddhist temple would fit on two to four.
Stephen Young, former director of the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), announced last week the United States would station a Marine Guard at the new AIT office compound in Taipei scheduled to open later this year.
It was an eerie feeling but nevertheless quite real. While brainstorming with my fellow Thai journalists last week on how to put a stop to the government’s emerging “command-and-control” effort against press freedom, I was reminded of a similar battle our American counterparts are facing against a president who is “confrontational, provocative, subversive and downright unapologetic”.
Time and again the wife has been used as a ready alibi for a man’s errant behaviour. Recently we heard it straight from the mouth of Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa. “One of the major reasons why a cop ends up corrupt – why he looks for extra income through illegal means – is because of the wife.”
High in the misty hills of southwestern China, an hour’s hike from any road, the lowing of livestock echoes through Zhongdong village, where a group of 18 families live inside an enormous natural cave.