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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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