One Hundred Days of Trumpitude


April 28, 2017 Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. —“One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Gabriel García Márque The arguably the most conceited and insecure POTUS since 1776–He think the world is his toy. He must … Continue reading

America first, geo-economic logic last


April 27, 2017 America first, geo-economic logic last by Gary Hawke, Victoria University of Wellington http://www.eastasiaforum.org Trumponomics–Military Power over Geo-Economics The Trump Administration has introduced a new set of challenges to the international economy. It has profoundly changed the role of the United States in international economic diplomacy, ceasing to be a champion of multilateralism. … Continue reading

“Making It”: The Book That Scandalized the New York Intellectuals


April 26, 2017 May 1, 2017 Issue “Making It”: The Book That Scandalized the New York Intellectuals With “Making It,” Norman Podhoretz attempted to craft a sociology of his set—and ended up ostracized from it. By   Louis Menand He should have known the book was loaded. Norman Podhoretz started writing “Making It” in 1964. … Continue reading

Sarawak Report: 1MDB Settlement CONFIRMS DOJ’s Case


April 26, 2017 1MDB Settlement CONFIRMS DOJ’s Case The Relentless  and Fearless Crusader–Sarawak Report Founder Clare Rewcastle Brown The settlement between 1MDB and the Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC) has derailed the US Department of Justice (DOJ) civil suit to seize more than US$1 billion in assets allegedly purchased using funds siphoned from … Continue reading

Book Review: Scholarship and Engagement in SEA


April 26, 2017 BOOK REVIEW Oscar Salemink, editor, Scholarship and Engagement in Southeast Asia, (Chiang Mai: Silkworm Press, 2016) Reviewed by Andrew Alan Johnson http://www.newmandala.org/book-review/review-of-scholarship-and-engagement-in-mainland-southeast-asia/ Thailand, for all its political stops and starts — or perhaps because of this — has unparalleled publically-engaged academics. Nidthi Eoseewong, Charnvit Kasetsiri, Thanet Aphornsuvan and many others relate academia … Continue reading