The Philippines’ Marawi: Next Islamic State Nucleus

The Philippines’ Marawi: Next Islamic State NucleusForeign nationals from Yemen, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia have been killed in the month-long struggle for the Mindanao island city of Marawi, an unsettling signal that IS, thwarted by overwhelming military pressure in the Middle East, is seeking to establish a new base in Mindanao. That came home in terrifying fashion for 11-year-old Jasper Samiahan,11,…

Japan Fields a Powerful New Woman Politician

Japan Fields a Powerful New Woman PoliticianYuriko Koike has been called the most powerful woman in Japan and a potential successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. For now she is concentrating on affirming her unquestioned position as the most powerful woman in Tokyo. People of the Japanese capital go to the polls July 2 to choose members of the 127-seat Tokyo…

A Malaysian Kleptocrat’s Vast Depredations

A Malaysian Kleptocrat’s Vast DepredationsThe sheer amount of money the thieves involved in 1Malaysia Development Bhd. managed to steal and spend in the United States in the brief five years of the state-backed investment company’s active existence is simply astonishing, according to documents filed last week by the US Justice Department’s Asset Forfeiture Section in Los Angeles. The documents…

Vietnam Uses Thugs as Surrogates to Keep Citizens in Line, Report Says

Vietnam Uses Thugs as Surrogates to Keep Citizens in Line, Report SaysAll over Vietnam, young toughs are being employed as a sort of police auxiliary who administer beatings to citizens that the national police aren't yet ready to arrest, or perhaps would rather not arrest, according to a new report issued on June 19 by the New York-based Human Rights Watch NGO. The report, titled "No…

China Declares All-out Diplomatic War on Taiwan

China Declares All-out Diplomatic War on TaiwanWith its June 13 coup de foudre in switching Panama’s diplomatic ties from Taiwan to Beijing, China has set Taiwan firmly on the course toward internationally isolated pariahdom, a sudden burst of diplomatic pressure that appears to have been generated by the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party government’s refusal to knuckle under to the so-called “1992…

Bitter Squabble Surfaces Among Singapore’s Lee Family

Bitter Squabble Surfaces Among Singapore’s Lee FamilyAn extraordinary row has broken out among the descendants of Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore who died in April 2015, with two younger siblings accusing Lee Hsien Loong, the current prime minister, and his wife Ho Ching of being “driven by a desire for power and personal popularity.” The other two are…

Russia’s Take on the North Korean Crisis

Russia’s Take on the North Korean CrisisThe current crisis on the Korean Peninsula was unexpected for Russia and raised serious concerns that both North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump could recklessly push the situation over the brink. However, the probability of an open military conflict is still low and the pressure to solve the North Korean…

Luster Starts to Wear off Philippines’ Duterte

Luster Starts to Wear off Philippines’ DuterteThe declaration of martial law on May 23 by Filipino President Rodrigo R. Duterte, while only for 60 days and on the southernmost island of Mindanao, has begun to crystalize growing doubts about Duterte’s commitment to democracy and started to remind his constituents of unsettling resemblances to Ferdinand Marcos, who pretty much wrecked the country…

Britain’s Theresa May Blows It Through Hubris

Britain’s Theresa May Blows It Through HubrisYesterday’s British general election was supposed to be a coronation for Theresa May, the strict and autocratic Conservative prime minister, who grabbed the party leadership last year after the Brexit referendum result and immediately turned herself from being a Remainer in the European Union debate to a hard-line Brexiteer leaver. Instead the election has enabled…

US President Breaks his International Toys

US President Breaks his International ToysThere is more to Donald Trump than simply a series of foreign policy surprises and muddles. For all the Twitter comments, deliberate insults and displays of sheer ignorance, a pattern is emerging which is even more of a danger than any of the specific decisions, policies or quotes. At the roots of Trumpism is a…
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