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

Trump’s Jerusalem Rationale and its Consequences


December 14, 2015 Trump’s Jerusalem Rationale and its Consequences   by Richard N. Hass@www.project-syndicate.org The US administration seems to believe that Saudi Arabia and other Arab governments are so concerned with the perceived Iranian threat that they will put aside their long-standing hostility toward Israel. The problem is that the new Saudi crown prince’s highest … Continue reading

Old Dominance and new dominoes in Southeast Asia


December 14, 2017 Old Dominance and new dominoes in Southeast Asia by Dan Slater@www.eastasiaforum.org Not since World War II has liberal democracy seemed so deeply endangered in so many places. If the flu of political and social illiberalism is circumnavigating the globe, Southeast Asia has precious little immunity with which to withstand it. This is … Continue reading

Alabama–How Doug Jones Beats Roy Moore


December 14, 2017 Alabama–How Doug Jones Beats Roy Moore By Amy Davidson Sorkin @https://www.newyorker.com Doug Jones beats Republican Cowboy Roy Moore, thanks to Black Alabamians, Barack Obama, Civil Rights Icon. John Lewis  and Charles Barkley The Republican Party sold itself cheaply for the sake of an Alabama Senate seat—and it didn’t even get the win. … Continue reading

The Rebranding of Altantuya Shaariibuu’s Surrogate Lover–Dr. Abdul Razak Baginda


December 14, 2017 The Rebranding of Altantuya Shaariibuu’s Surrogate Lover–Dr. Abdul Razak Baginda by Mariam Mokhtar@www.asiasentinel.com “Here’s the smell of blood still. All perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.”–In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth Oxford-educated Dr. Abdul Razak Baginda, the one-time adviser and close confidante of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was once … Continue reading

Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America


December 13, 2017 Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America By Nouriel Roubini http://www.project-syndicate.org In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently sold out the blue-collar, socially conservative whites who brought him to power, while pursuing policies to enrich his fellow plutocrats. Sooner or later, Trump’s core supporters will wake up to … Continue reading