Najib’s slow death on Myanmar Times


February 21, 2018 Najib’s slow death Wednesday 21, February, 2018 |    Myanmar Edition by Roger Mitton–Myan https://www.mmtimes.com/opinion/13233-najib-s-slow-death.html Living under the tawdry and sinking regime of Prime Minister Najib Razak must seem to Malaysians like death by treacle. They are drowning in a gluey black sea of venality the likes of which has not been seen … Continue reading

Tech and Higher Education


February 21, 2018 Tech and Higher Education by Kenneth Rogoff https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/tech-disruption-of-higher-education-by-kenneth-rogoff-2018-02 Universities pride themselves on producing creative ideas that disrupt the rest of society, yet higher-education teaching techniques continue to evolve at a glacial pace. Given education’s centrality to raising productivity, shouldn’t efforts to reinvigorate today’s sclerotic Western economies focus on how to reinvent higher … Continue reading

Europe needs to step up vigilance on China’s influence


February 21, 2018 Europe needs to step up vigilance on China’s influence by Thorsten Benner and Kristin Shi-Kupfer https://www.ft.com/content/a58b0a0c-127b-11e8-940e-08320fc2a277 Beijing’s authoritarian brand presents a direct challenge to liberal traditions  President Xi Jinping and France’s President Emmanuel Macron Mike Pompeo, the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, said last month that Beijing’s efforts to exert … Continue reading

The Palestine Issue gives UMNO-BN the edge in GE-14


February 2018 The Palestine Issue gives UMNO-BN the edge in  GE-14 Author: Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani, Universiti Utara Malaysia http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/03/islamic-agenda-is-the-malaysian-oppositions-achilles-heel/   For the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition (BN), the Palestine issue is an opportunity to unite Malaysians ahead of the 14th general election, which will be held by July 2018 at the latest. Concerns about … Continue reading

Playing to The Parochial and Sentimental Malay Gallery: The Israeli visit


February 20, 2018 Playing to The Parochial and Sentimental Malay Gallery: The Israeli visit by Dato’ Dennis Ignatius Why not use of our soft power to improve our relations with Israel and help the Palestinians in the process? One way to promote better understanding is to allow Malaysians to visit Israel where they will learn … Continue reading

“Don’t slander Rosmah over jet ride, Dr M told.”


February 20, 2018 Comments of an UMNO serf in a resurgent feudal society-“Don’t slander Rosmah over jet ride, Dr M told.“ https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/412260 The UMNO Serf- Rizal Mansor The Special Officer to the Prime Minister’s wife, Rizal Mansor, said it was regretful that a statesperson such as Dr Mahathir Mohamad would resort to slander Rosmah Mansor. … Continue reading