Understanding the Productivity Puzzle

January 21, 2017 Understanding the Productivity Puzzle by Howard Davies https://www.project-syndicate.org/columnist/howard-davies Howard Davies, the first chairman of the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority (1997-2003), is Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland. He was Director of the London School of Economics (2003-11) and served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Director-General of … Continue reading

Cambodia-Vietnam Ties Turn 50

June 21, 2017 Cambodia-Vietnam Ties Turn 50 http://www.eastasiaforum.com by  Vannarith Chheang, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung  of Vietnam (photo: Duc Tam/ VNA) 2017 marks 50 years of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Vietnam. Both countries have organised a series of events to commemorate their time-honoured … Continue reading

What is new in Gulf Area: We in ASEAN have seen it all

June 21, 2017 What is new in Gulf Area: We in ASEAN have seen it all, so learn from us about building Win-Win Strategic Partnerships to secure Peace, Stability and Development by James M. Dorsey Two competing visions of ensuring regime survival are battling it out in the Gulf. To Saudi Arabia and the United … Continue reading

Selamat Hari Raya-2017

June 21, 2017 Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri 2017   Dr Kamsiah Haider and I wish all our friends, colleagues, associates and readers of this blog Eid Mubarak. I have tried be fair and objective and provide a forum for meaningful and free exchange of views and ideas to promote understanding among members of the … Continue reading

The Paranoid Style in American Politics

June 20, 2017 The Paranoid Style in American Politics By Richard Hofstadter We are all sufferers from history, but the paranoid is a double sufferer, since he is afflicted not only by the real world, with the rest of us, but by his fantasies as well. https://harpers.org–archive It had been around a long time before … Continue reading

Book Review: In ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism,’ How Democracy Is Defeating Itself

June 20, 2017 In ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism,’ How Democracy Is Defeating Itself Books of The Times by Michiko  Kakutani@nytimes.com   In his insightful and harrowing new book, Edward Luce, a columnist for The Financial Times, issues a chilling warning: “Western liberal democracy is not yet dead,” he writes, “but it is far closer … Continue reading