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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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