In a 1985 interview with Playboy magazine, Fidel Castro was asked how he would respond to President Ronald Reagan’s elucidation of him as a military dictator. He asked for a second to think, and said: “If his power includes something as monstrously undemocratic as the ability to order a thermonuclear war, I ask you, who then is more of a dictator, the president of the United States or I.”
The recent tragic bombardment in Aleppo has caused death to over 200 people, and more innocent citizens are injured as a result of the ongoing civil war between Syrian government and the rebel forces. The once essential city with economic importance in Syria was deprived of hope and liveliness. The attack was reported to be the most intense strike in six years, and gas poisoning was also used in the series of attacks. What makes the attack inhuman is the ruination of hospitals and schools, including citizens’ shelters, which leaves thousands of people homeless without proper medical assistance.
On November 12th, Seoul was occupied by nearly a million furious protesters, which was described by CNN as the most massive scale of protest in thirty years. Apart from domestic petition for president Park Geun-hye’s resignation, South Korean scholars and students overseas are calling for the once popular elected president to step down for her wrongdoings.
While I went to study commons on the morning of November 9th, most students from Hong Kong University were staring at their laptops, keeping track of U.S election live streaming. The election was a hot topic among students on that day, especially after the shocking results. A friend of mine stared at her phone for the whole morning and cupped her chin as the map of U.S turned red for winning the most ballots. People talked about election in cafeterias, in class and on social media.