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Government of the People

On the 18th April 2020, a piece appeared in "Science" magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) the world's...

Thailand, Corruption and Terror

The drama of a mass shooting carried out by a rogue Thai Army soldier ended on Sunday, February 9. After 16 hours of chaos,...
Enough! Of this Nonsense

Enough! Of this Nonsense

I have been speaking with many friends around Indonesia and asking them how the situation is in their city, their district, in their kampungs. ...
Dawn of the planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I was disturbed from writing this evening, by loud whooping sounds and very loud clapping. I asked a relative; “what is this all about?’....

The Case for Restarting Society Now

The time is now to urgently begin restarting our society. This is imperative to ensure mid- and long-term human flourishing. With the same level...

No Digital ID

I awoke this morning at 6am to a slew of messages.  One was from my good friend in the USA, prominent political commentator, Wayne...
China and Coronavirus: From Home-Made Disaster to Global Mega-Opportunity

China and Coronavirus: From Home-Made Disaster to Global Mega-Opportunity

Beijing’s initial response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China earlier this year was atrocious. First, China botches… The confusion and lack of information led...
A Poison Pill for Covid-19 Hysteria

A Poison Pill for Covid-19 Hysteria

For those of us who possess a functioning brain; and the more I watch the hysteria and the utter falsehoods and lies perpetuated by...

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Are We the April Fools?

On Friday 31st January 2020, 'The Times' newspaper ran a story about UK health officials scrambling to trace people who had come into contact...
COVID-19: Freedoms under Assault

COVID-19: Freedoms under Assault

I read an article printed in the Jakarta Post: "Politics of pandemics. How online ‘buzzers’ infect Indonesia’s democracy, jeopardize its citizens". The article basically takes...
China’s State Media Outlets: The White House Cracks Down, But How Much of a Threat Are They?

China’s State Media Outlets: The White House Cracks Down, But How Much of a...

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has taken increasingly tough measures against Chinese state media outlets operating in the United States. The White House...
White Men Can't Trump

White Men Can’t Trump

Michael Moore is an American documentarian and author. He had some limited success back in the 80’s and 90’s, and now he’s an odious...
Southeast Asia Continues to Struggle to Confront the Coronavirus

Southeast Asia Continues to Struggle to Confront the Coronavirus

Although Southeast Asia remains the region where the coronavirus is most likely to spread in significant numbers, most of the region’s states remain significantly...
Thailand’s Press Warms to Chinese State Media

Thailand’s Press Warms to Chinese State Media

In a country ruled for much of the 2010s by a repressive military junta, and where information about powerful actors can be dangerous to...
Jokowi’s challenges in continuing developmental state capitalism

Jokowi’s Challenges in Continuing Developmental State Capitalism

Indonesian state-owned enterprises (SOEs) grew rapidly under the first Joko Widodo (Jokowi) government. SOEs’ assets increased from Rp 4,578 trillion (equivalent to 43.3 per...