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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1222

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Hong Kong Protests: feeble democracy is not the only issue facing Hong Kongers

As the number of protesters on Hong Kong streets swells into hundreds of thousands, China took the first swipe at an ‘unnamed’ country for ‘stirring things up’ in a thinly-veiled accusation; identifying the country in question is not rocket science, though. It was against the United Kingdom, the former colonial ruler.

Hong Kong Protests: feeble democracy is not the only issue facing Hong Kongers
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Arachnophobia: threat of invasion by spiders in Britain

It is not just the North African immigrants, who have been playing peek-a-boo with the French authorities in their quest for setting foot in Britain, near the English Channel for some time, that pose a threat of invasion to the island nation. A notoriously disorganized army of spiders, belonging to 600 different species, are doing the same by stealth at present, as the autumn sets in with cooling temperatures, after a fairly warm summer.

Arachnophobia: threat of invasion by spiders in Britain
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Google Bashing

Google’s troubles with European regulators do not seem to be abating, just as the search giant has been honoring the ruling made by the European Court of Justice – ECJ - over the issue of so-called right-to-be forgotten.

Google Bashing
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“A Leftie who hates the poor:” former French First Lady Blasts her ex-partner, President Hollande

Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet, may not be the best man to analyse the virtues of institution of marriage, yet he appeared to have got the above one-liner right, when it comes to the exposure of endless dramas of catfights surrounding a man - often involving high profile cases in public.

“A Leftie who hates the poor:” former French First Lady Blasts her ex-partner, President Hollande
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Europe at War? Crisis in Ukraine is spiralling out of control

By the weekend, there were two frighteningly significant developments in Europe as far as the collective security of the continent – and beyond, as well - was concerned: First, there was a thinly-veiled warning from President Putin against the West – not to mess with nuclear armed Russia; then, the assertion made by the Lithuanian president that Europe is already at war with Russia over Ukraine.

Europe at War? Crisis in Ukraine is spiralling out of control
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Volatility on Ukraine’s Eastern Front: President Putin’s dangerous military manoeuvres

In fluctuating order of volatility, the crises in Iraq and Ukraine swap their relative positions around, while generating more heat and sound than any pleasant form of light, as the clueless world has been forced to witnesses the combined morbid spectacle from a comfortable distance in total bewilderment.

Volatility on Ukraine’s Eastern Front: President Putin’s dangerous military manoeuvres
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Mission accomplished – Rosetta catches up with a comet at last!

On August 6th, the European Space Agency – ESA – passed a significant milestone in its 39-year-old history while its spacecraft, Rosetta – the comet chaser – finally caught up with the celestial object that it had been pursuing for well over a decade; Rosetta managed to successfully orbit comet 67P. It is the first spacecraft ever to rendezvous with a comet in the history of space exploration.

Mission accomplished – Rosetta catches up with a comet at last!
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Argentinian Economic Crisis - 2014

During the early 1900s, according to historians, Europeans used to brand a wealthy person as someone who was as rich as an Argentinian, thanks to the enviable position that Argentina enjoyed in the rich club – the 10th wealthiest nation on the planet.

Argentinian Economic Crisis - 2014
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Debate about the Ideal Woman Body Shape – curve or hourglass

In the modern world, it is almost accepted as gospel truth: the ideal shape of a woman is slender, either with an hourglass shape or a curve. As an inevitable psychological effect of a somewhat questionable cause, most women tend to question themselves whether they got such a figure or not – in metaphorical terms, black and white with no room for an intermediate position – and of course, then judge themselves while causing immense anxiety, not only to the individual in question, but also to the immediate circles around her.

Debate about the Ideal Woman Body Shape – curve or hourglass
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The Bloodbath of Job Cuts at Microsoft

The unprecedented job cuts announced by Microsoft on Thursday, took even the most pessimistic analysts in the industry by complete surprise: on one hand, it is the biggest in the 39-year-old history of the software giant; while adding insult to the injury, on the other hand, Microsoft is going to do it within a year, leaving the unfortunate technical folks and their dependents in a very destructive lurch of uncertainty.

The Bloodbath of Job Cuts at Microsoft
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