Thailand: The New King and Politics


April 24, 2017 Thailand: The New King and Politics by Pavin Chachavalpongpun http://www.newmandala.org/kingdom-fear-favour/ How is the new monarch of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, ruling his kingdom since the death of his father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej? FEAR. The overwhelming success of Bhumibol’s reign has evidently become an entrapment for Vajiralongkorn, who has failed to follow … Continue reading

DJT’s Muddled Foreign Policy


April 23, 2017 DJT’s Muddled Foreign Policy: Holding the Free World hostage to Trump’s Oversized Ego by Dr. Munir Majid http://www.thestar.com.my DJT: Exploding from the starting blocks only to realise that as President he is in a long distance race to make America Great Again PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump exploded from the blocks after his … Continue reading

Canada’s Foreign Policy: Middle Power Engagement with Asia-Pacific in Trade and Peace


April 23, 2017 Canada’s Foreign Policy: Middle Power Engagement with Asia-Pacific in Trade and Peace by Adam P MacDonald http://www.eastasiaforum.org Ever since Washington unveiled its ‘rebalance’ strategy for the Asia Pacific, debate has emerged in Canada over the need for a similar ‘mini-pivot’ towards the region. Despite its large Western coastline, Canada does not self-identify … Continue reading

Najib Razak’s Baloney Economics


April 22, 2017 Najib  Razak’s Baloney  Economics by TK Chua http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com Since when is inflation not due to bad policies, poor macroeconomics management, inefficiency, massive corruption and loss of confidence? Sorry, are there new economic theories emerging? A Political Baloney Why single out some external factors igniting inflation when these factors are also applicable and … Continue reading

Trump’s militaristic Foreign Policy


April 22, 2017 Trump’s Militaristic Foreign Policy by Carl Bilt http://www.project-syndicate.org Carl Bildt was Sweden’s foreign minister from 2006 to October 2014 and Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994, when he negotiated Sweden’s EU accession. A renowned international diplomat, he served as EU Special Envoy to the Former Yugoslavia, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, … Continue reading

Malaysia: Vision 2020 on Track? Nah, Bangsa Melayu, Not Bangsa Malaysia


April 21, 2017 Malaysia: Vision 2020 on Track? Nah, Bangsa Melayu, Not Bangsa Malaysia by Wan Saiful Wan Jan http://www.thestar.com.my IT is sometimes disheartening to see the spat between Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Nevertheless, when a sitting Prime Minister is attacked, regardless by whom, of course he would react. … Continue reading