Najib Razak’s Muddled Mid-East Policy–Sheer Hypocrisy


December 16, 2017 Najib Razak’s Muddled Mid-East Policy–Sheer Hypocrisy by Mat Sabu@www.malaysiakini.com   COMMENT | On December 13, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, in his own words, dropped everything on his lap, including a meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, to attend the extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) … Continue reading

The Glory of Democracy


December 16, 2017 by  David Brooks   In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and Communism fell with it. Liberal democracy seemed triumphant. Democracies sprouted in Central Europe. Apartheid fell in South Africa. The Oslo process seemed to herald peace in the Middle East. Then it all went bad. Tribalism and authoritarianism are now on the … Continue reading

Book Review: Exile in Colonial Asia


December 16, 2017 Book Review: Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemoration Ronit Ricci, ed. (University of Hawai’i Press, 2016. vii + 294pp.) Reviewed by Craig Reynolds@www. newmandala.org   Exile in Colonial Asia is a compact book, but it’s a large book in its treatment of forced migration, prisoner resettlement, and exile across the globe … Continue reading

Malaysia: Najib Razak set to strengthen grip on power


December 16, 2017 Malaysia: Najib Razak set to strengthen grip on power by James Chin, University of Tasmania http://www.eastasiaforum.org Najib’s political status and reputation as Malaysia’s Teflon prime minister is assured with the help of DPM Dr. Zahid Hamidi and PAS’Hadi Awang 2017 could not have been a better year politically for Malaysian Prime Minister … Continue reading

Complacency Will Be Tested in 2018


December 15, 2015 Complacency Will Be Tested in 2018 by Stephen S. Roach@ http://www.project-syndicate.org Despite seemingly robust indicators, the world economy may not be nearly as resilient to shocks and systemic challenges as the consensus view seems to believe. In particular, the absence of a classic vigorous rebound from the Great Recession means that the … Continue reading

Malaysia’s Chickenhawk Defense Minister’s Empty Talk On Jerusalem Issue


December 15, 2017 Malaysia’s Chickenhawk Defense Minister’s Empty Talk On Jerusalem Issue by S. Thayaparan@www.malaysiakini.com “A soldier is someone’s son or father or brother,” he said. “The public has a right to know where we are sending our soldiers and why.”–– Mohd Arshad Raji, retired Brigadier-General COMMENT | Chickenhawk politicians are usually extremely gung-ho about … Continue reading