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"The West Wing": Season Eight, unscripted

DAN-CHYI CHUA

The popular White House drama returns with an all-new cast, an anything-can-happen storyline and its first Asian.

For a good six years of the Bush administration, Democrats – denied of the presidency twice – were left to languish in the solace of “The West Wing” on Wednesday nights. Veteran actor Martin Sheen as a grandfatherly president of the Democrat persuasion fronted a charismatic crew of staff in the White House in weekly episodes of political intrigue, international conflicts and ethical dilemmas.


The "A" List (Part 2 of 2)

DAN-CHYI CHUA

Ten Asians making the news in America.

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5. John Choon Yoo — The President's legal (com)pass to Guantanamo Bay

Cassel: If the President deems that he's got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person's child, there is no law that can stop him?


It wasn't always broken

SHAN BERTELLI

As the world watches Zimbabwe burning from a safe distance, one girl remembers what it was like being raised in a country that once held all of Africa's hope for a better future.

They don’t know how to cook meat in other countries. Mostly, and especially in the UK, it’s overcooked, or sometimes smothered in thick gravies. When we were little, my brother and I would happily devour entire rare steaks and use our teeth to strip every morsel from the bones we held in our hands, leaving nothing for the dogs to chew on. We must have looked as wild as the savage animals from the plains of the savannah to our parents’ polite guests who managed to use cutlery in every conceivable situation. However, this was forgiven for we were, after all, the children from Africa.


Moral anaesthesia

LEE HAN SHIH

Cost cutting at his clinics has cost wealthy Nevada-based physician Dipak Desai his reputation.

More than 30 years ago, a young Indian doctor called Dipak Desai landed in New York looking for fame and fortune. Since then he has found fortune. On September 27, 2009, he will have national, if not international, fame, though not the way he might have wanted it.