ASEAN still the critical catalyst for China’s future

December 4, 2016 ASEAN still the critical catalyst for China’s future by Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School@NUS China is making some serious strategic mistakes in its dealings with ASEAN. It is sacrificing its long-term interests in favour of short-term objectives and its global interests in favour of regional concerns. And in the process, … Continue reading

Presenting Harry Belanfonte

December 3, 2016 Your weekend entertainer for the Weekend–Harry Belafonte By presenting Harry Belafonte, we hope we can divert your attention from the 2016 UMNO General Assembly, which is being stage managed to boost the sagging morale and battered image  of its President. Our best wishes  for this first week in December with Christmas only … Continue reading

Dean Johns on Najib and UMNO ass-embly 2016

December 3, 2016 Dean Johns on Najib and UMNO ass-embly 2016 As they do without fail every year, UMNO leaders, bleeders and pleaders are busy putting the ‘ass’ into ‘general assembly’ with a series of speeches so false and fatuous they would disgrace a herd of donkeys. Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak opened proceedings with … Continue reading

Easy to catch the Corrupt,says Citizen Nades

December 3, 2016 Easy to catch the Corrupt,says Citizen Nades Citizen Nades UNTIL October 2006, few people outside political circles knew him. He rose from an obscure railway gatekeeper staying in a one-room quarters at the railway crossing where he was required to raise the barriers to allow vehicular traffic to flow after the … Continue reading

Meeting the Greats in ‘Vanity Fair’s Writers on Writers’

December 3, 2016 Meeting the Greats in ‘Vanity Fair’s Writers on Writers’ By Matthew Schneier James Baldwin VANITY FAIR’S WRITERS ON WRITERS Edited by Graydon Carter 424 pp. Penguin Books. Paper, $20. A good working assumption, if you are a struggling young writer, dreaming of laurels but subsisting on lentils, is that those successful … Continue reading

Congratulations to the People of Thailand

December 3, 2016 Congratulations to the People of Thailand by AFP Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn becomes Rama X of Thailand’s Chakri Dynasty, but will not formally be crowned until after his father’s cremation, which is expected next year. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn became the King of Thailand late Thursday, opening a new chapter for the powerful … Continue reading