Rethinking Death Penalty, or Why Nearly All Criminals Should Be Executed

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A German businessman has just been sentenced to five and a half years jail in Singapore for promoting overseas child sex tours in the Philippines – caught by undercover policemen who posed as potential participants.…

Why Politicians Should Be Paid Millions by the Public – Lessons from Singapore (and the World)

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F ew topics are as delicate as the subject of how much politicians should be compensated for their services. It appears that vast majority of people all over the world reject the notion that their…

Beijing’s Dilemma: Or Why Hong Kong Protests Turned Violent

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W hen normally peaceful protests in Hong Kong turned into a raid on Legislative Council on July 1st – two weeks after Carrie Lam declared suspension of the controversial Extradition Bill – I found the…

The Price of Freedom? Another Mass Shooting in the “Land of the Free”

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A nother dramatic day in America. At least 20 people dead, two dozen more wounded in mass-shooting in a Walmart in El Paso. Among other reasons – like ideological lunacy of many segments of the…

The Reason Why Britain Didn’t Democratize Hong Kong

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D ays go by and protests in Hong Kong appear to increase in severity and irrationality, instead of dying down. I have explained here why they are quite senseless and will only result in more…

Nobody Gives a Damn About Climate

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Y ou would be hard-pressed to find a day when another apocalyptic piece of news about the state of our planet doesn’t hit the headlines. The narrative of impending doom is gushing out from every…

Hong Kong’s Suicide

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I have been observing the events in Hong Kong quite silently for a while, expecting them to die down with time. But it seems that the tensions are going to last for a while longer,…

Why Singapore is Correct on LGBT Rights

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T his may be my most controversial article yet (at least to some) – but precisely because it may be considered controversial is why I believe it is important to publish it. So, let’s begin…

Why Is Iran Attacking Ships in the Gulf of Oman?

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S ix tankers as well as Saudi oil facilities were damaged in a spate of attacks in May and June. While the US and its allies are claiming Iran was responsible, the world’s only theocracy…

China Has Just Shown It Expects the World to Submit To It – or Else

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I f anybody thought Beijing’s assurances that it does not seek dominance over others but simply wants to be a respected and valued member of the international community are genuine, then these hopes surely have…

One Last Thing China Must Learn from Singapore – How to Be Liked

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T he two gentlemen exchanging laughs in the lead photo to this article are, of course, Lee Kuan Yew himself and Robert Gates, then Defence Secretary of the United States. The photo was taken at…

Xipocrisy – China Blinks in a Historic Diplomatic Blunder

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C hina has lost its nerve. A series of statements issued by government officials – including Xi Jinping – and state media last week show that either the Chinese are desperate to reverse the course…

Ego, Not Frugality, Drives Mahathir’s Investment Decisions

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I it’s been almost a year since Mahathir took back the reins of his country, inspiring hopes for a positive change after a decade under corrupt Najib. Unfortunately, however, as months go by, he keeps…

Some People Did Something – This Time in Sri Lanka

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O ver 200 people dead (as of this moment), another few hundred injured in eight blasts targeting churches and hotels this Easter morning in Sri Lanka. This adds to the toll of thousands of deaths…

Jack Ma is Right About the 996 Work Schedule

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S peaking candidly about work and business can get you in trouble – though it isn’t really a major surprise in the world where so many people get offended about almost everything. This time it’s…

The Most Famous Victim of Falsehoods and Manipulation: Steve Jobs

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W hile selfish and egotistical free speech “advocates” are running around lamenting introduction of the laws aimed at combating online misinformation, I thought it would be quite useful to sideline their paranoia for a moment…

New Zealand Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided if the World Had Studied Singapore

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I t’s hardly a secret that I am hugely impressed by the small city-state of Singapore – what I often present in my articles here. But few people realize or understand why that is –…

Singapore Is Wealthy Not Thanks to Water but Trust – One Thing Malaysia Lacks

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W henever I think that Malaysian politicians have, perhaps, concluded their barrage of ludicrous assaults against their most valuable neighbor, they reignite controversy with another thoughtless comment – with the main culprit often being the…

Malaysia’s “Parang Diplomacy” is Entirely Self-Defeating

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T he never-ending spectacle of Malaysian provocations, which has been going on for the past months, is increasingly less worrying and more entertaining – even if it’s a completely irrational waste of time. Does anybody…

Why Malaysia Needs a Non-Malay Prime Minister

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I freely admit that what you’re about to read borders on political fiction. There’s absolutely no realistic chance of a non-Malay taking over the reins as Malaysia’s leader right now. However, it may also be…

Gluttony, Not Greed, Makes US Healthcare So Costly

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Y esterday Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a study in which it claims that “the United States, on a per capita basis, spends much more on health care than other developed countries; the…

‘The Economist’ Should Learn from Singapore Instead of Attacking It

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C ondescension in reports about Asia is nothing new in the Western world. But one is forced to recognize things are getting out of hand if articles published in one of Britain’s leading magazines on…

USA Should be Engaged in the Middle East – but Trump Made the Right Decisions

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T rump remains the favorite punching bag for everybody – most politicians, journalists and “intellectuals”. Watching the coverage of his presidency one could be forgiven thinking that he is responsible for all of the world’s…

Singapore is Getting Stronger Thanks to Malaysian Government

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I wasn’t planning on writing another article about the tensions between the two neighbors within little over than a week. But just when I thought the situation is going to wind down, that the posturing…

Malaysia Can’t Win with Singapore – But It Can Lose a Lot

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W hy, dear Malaysia, why? Why do you keep doing this? To Singapore – and to yourself. Why the repeated attacks over completely meaningless issues? In a follow up to my earlier post about why…

Mahathir Must Step Down

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U nfortunately for all those who hoped that the old fox has mellowed over the years, Dr. M needed just a few months to drag everybody back to the 80s and 90s. Given his reconciliation…

It Wasn’t Assad – It Was Putin

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A nother year, another chemical attack in Syria. The internet is yet again flared up with speculation as to whether Bashar Al-Assad could be so cold-blooded and evil to gas civilians in his own country,…

The Weird Coup – What Really Happened in Turkey?

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A fter a restless night the situation in Turkey appears to be stabilizing, with the government authorities regaining control of the country. But, as it happens, there are still many questions left unanswered. Who exactly did…

Three Reasons Why There Won’t Be A ‘Domino Effect’ After Brexit

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B ritain chose to leave and the EU leaders are now losing sleep over a possible fallout from this decision. Here are a few reasons why the ‘domino effect’ that is now discussed in the…

Who Needs Britain Anyway?

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T hree weeks away from the referendum about UK’s future in the EU the atmosphere is heating up as the latest polls show a slight advantage in favor of Brexit. What keeps surprising me is how…

5 Goals Vladimir Putin Wants to Achieve in Syria

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E xactly two years ago, in September 2013, Vladimir Putin demonstrated his diplomatic prowess by brokering a deal which removed chemical weapons from Syrian regime’s hands – and prevented Western airstrikes from battering Assad’s forces.…

What an Ambitious Man Seeks in a Woman

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M any discussions about relationships these days inevitably lead to a debate why so many intelligent, successful women stay single. What happened to the men? Where are they? Does female success scare them away? Do…

The Overlooked Impact of the Nuclear Deal with Iran

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T he times of peace are upon us! The world rejoices, Iranians are celebrating in the streets of Tehran, John Kerry and Federica Mogherini hail it as a milestone achievement. But is it really? Before…

Why Euro is a Good Idea – and How Europe Keeps Ruining It

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I t’s very popular to bash the euro these days. Many economists and economic commentators crawl out from dark corners of their offices, triumphantly shouting – “I told you!”. And media love a scapegoat you…

6 Good Reasons Why EU Should Stop Helping Greece

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A fter Greeks overwhelmingly voted against Troika’s terms for extended debt relief assistance the world is holding its breath, waiting what’s going to happen next. Will Greece leave the Eurozone? Will EU countries bend to…

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