Is Trump’s America the ‘dispensable’ power in Asia-Pacifc?


January 14, 2018 Is Trump’s America the ‘dispensable’ power in Asia-Pacifc? by David Camroux, Sciences Po (CERI) Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Madeleine Albright, one of several scholar–statespersons the unique American spoils system used to produce as Secretary of State, characterised the United States as ‘the indispensable power’. In relation to East Asia today, … Continue reading

Contemporary Indonesian Art: Artists, Art Spaces, and Collectors Yvonne Spielmann (NUS Press, Singapore, 2017)


January 14, 2018 Book Review: Contemporary Indonesian Art: Artists, Art Spaces, and Collectors Yvonne Spielmann (NUS Press, Singapore, 2017) Reviewed by Virginia Hooker http://www.newmandala.org/book-review/contemporary-indonesian-art-artists-art-spaces-collectors/ In November 2017, The Australian newspaper’s Review featured “the launch of Indonesia’s first large-scale contemporary art museum”, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara. MACAN’s Haryanto Adikoesoemo.   Known … Continue reading

Between Mahathir and the deep blue BN’s Najib Razak– they are not the same, says Academic and Reseacher, Dr. Lee Hwok Aun


January 14, 2018 Between Mahathir and the deep blue BN’s Najib Razak– they are not the same, says Academic and Researcher, Dr. Lee Hwok Aun by Aliran Admin https://aliran.com/web-specials/mahathir-deep-blue-bn/ Dr.Lee Hwok-Aun Senior Fellow at  The Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) in Singapore. We shouldn’t commit a false equivalence between the Pakatan Harapan led by Mahathir and … Continue reading

Trump’s Threat to Democracy


January 13, 2018 by Nicholas Kristof Two political scientists specializing in how democracies decay and die have compiled four warning signs to determine if a political leader is a dangerous authoritarian: 1. The leader shows only a weak commitment to democratic rules. 2. He or she denies the legitimacy of opponents. 3. He or she … Continue reading

Malaysia: The Constitution is Supreme not Speaker Parliament Pandikar Amin !

Malaysia: The Constitution is Supreme not Speaker Parliament Pandikar Amin !


January 13, 2018 The Constitution is Supreme not Speaker Parliament Pandikar Amin ! by Din Merican in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Speaker of Dewan Rakyat or  a Buffoon? On Thursday  January 11, 2018, I noted that the media in Malaysia reported about an interesting incident in Court where a former Member of Parliament — the son … Continue reading