BEIJING: Beijing's international image took a self-inflicted bruising with a secretive investigation into the former Chinese head of Interpol, highlighting its ruthless tactics even as it seeks global goodwill in a trade spat with the United States, analysts said.The election of Meng Hongwei as head of Interpol in 2016 was a triumph for President Xi Jinping's bid to burnish China's international profile through leadership posts in prestigious global organisations.But midway through his four-year term, Meng vanished after travelling to China from France, where Interpol is based. After days of silence, authorities accused him of taking bribes and he resigned.The Chinese vice public security minister's abrupt disappearance late last month caught Interpol off-guard, an embarrassing situation for an organisation whose mission is international police cooperation.It was also a stark reminder to the world of the Communist Party's harsh investigative tactics, which contrast with the due process … [Read more...] about Interpol saga hurts China’s bid to lead global bodies: Analysts
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Since its introduction to the Indonesian public in 1968 with the brand “Supermie”, instant noodles have slowly but surely become a significant part of the Indonesian diet. It has been categorized as comfort food, even marketed as an occasional replacement for daily breakfast, lunch or dinner. The word "instant" no longer accurately applies in "emergency cases" such as when time or resources are limited. The easy preparation method and variety of flavors carefully tailored to suit the average Indonesian palate have put instant noodles as a priority product to be packed when traveling, as well for stocking up at home. As noodles are in the carbohydrate family, they are also often used as a rice substitute as they pair well with vegetables and proteins such as eggs, corned beef and meatballs. Indonesians profess love of instant noodles Culinary expert and author William Wongso also said certain instant noodle flavors became popular because they were suitable … [Read more...] about Indonesians and instant noodles: A love affair
The word "instant" no longer accurately applies in "emergency cases" such as when time or resources are limited. The easy preparation method and variety of flavors carefully tailored to suit the average Indonesian palate have put instant noodles as a priority product to be packed when traveling, as well for stocking up at home. As noodles are in the carbohydrate family, they are also often used as a rice substitute as they pair well with vegetables and proteins such as eggs, corned beef and meatballs. Indonesians profess love of instant noodles Culinary expert and author William Wongso also said certain instant noodle flavors became popular because they were suitable to most people's preference. "People love the 'toasted smoky' aroma of instant noodles," he said. William also included economic value and MSG content among the food's popularity factors, saying, "They are cheap and full of MSG." MSG, also known as monosodium glutamate, is naturally found in certain foods … [Read more...] about Indonesians & instant noodles: A love affair
By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Fri., April 20, 2018 OTTAWA—Canadian and American diplomats who suffered health problems during postings to Havana appear to have been exposed to some form of directed energy, says a U.S. doctor who has evaluated some of the workers. In a career dedicated to the treatment and study of brain injuries, Dr. Douglas Smith says he’s never seen anything like the injuries suffered by the Canadians and Americans. It has left them suffering persistent, concussion-like symptoms — dizziness, nausea, headaches and trouble concentrating — yet without a head trauma to explain the cause. “It’s kind of fascinating and terrifying,” said Smith, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Neurosurgery and Center for Brain Injury and Repair. With no plausible environmental explanation for the health woes, “the other possibilities are that this was something nefarious,” he … [Read more...] about Canadian and American diplomats in Cuba hit by “directed energy,” U.S. doctor says
By Mike Blanchfield The Canadian Press Tues., March 27, 2018 OTTAWA—Congolese Archbishop Marcel Utembi couldn’t help but notice where Canada just decided to send its small contingent of peacekeepers. The decision to deploy 250 personnel and six helicopters to the West African country of Mali came just days before Utembi and a delegation of Congolese clerics arrived at Global Affairs headquarters in Ottawa to talk about potential new foreign aid investments. “We’re not jealous. But we think Canada has the capacity to intervene also in other countries, such as Congo,” said Utembi, who has been a leading figure in fighting for democratic freedoms in his conflict-riven country as the president of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more: Canada’s Mali mission will emphasize deployment of female peacekeepers Article Continued Below Canada to deploy helicopters to UN Mali mission Diplomats … [Read more...] about Canadian peacekeepers would be ‘welcome’ in Congo, C.A.R.