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The Implications of the Najib Razak Corruption Case

On Tuesday (Malaysia time), a Malaysian court found former Prime Minister Najib tun Razak guilty on seven counts of corruption, and sentenced him to twelve years...

Will COVID-19 Make This Year’s Election Different for People’s Action Party (PAP)?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared in a televised address last week that Singapore would hold its next general election on July 10. Lee and other...

China’s Approach to Global Governances Risks a Global Governance Divide

For more than two millennia, Chinese leaders saw their country as one of the dominant actors in the world. The concept of zhongguo—the Middle...
Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa’s Verdict: A Capstone for the Collapse of Press Freedom in Southeast Asia

Yesterday (U.S. time), editor Maria Ressa, one of the most prominent journalists in the Philippines, and indeed in the world—she was selected as one...

Duterte Goes Farther in Using COVID-19

In recent months, Southeast Asian leaders—and leaders from many other parts of the world—have utilized the COVID-19 pandemic to expand executive powers, crack down on...

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...