Is Brunei’s Shariah Threat Real?

Is Brunei’s Shariah Threat Real?In 1997, Shannon Marketic, a former Miss USA who was somewhat down on her luck accepted an offer to go to the Sultanate of Brunei in exchange for US$3,000 a day to do some modeling and promotional work.  What happened after that, she alleged, had little to do with modeling and promotional work and a…

Police Say Gang Swindled Rp 20 Billion From Top Brunei Official

Police aren't saying, and an inquiry by Asia Sentinel to the Brunei embassy in Jakarta was met by silence and a secretary who first put us on hold and then hung up. Police officials have only said the con artists bilked a "senior Brunei government official" into giving them nearly US$2 million to contribute to…

A Stately Pleasure Dome

  The royal family parks the royal Hummer at the Empire Hotel The Empire Hotel and Country Club, sprawled over 180 hectares on a shoulder of the South China Sea in Brunei, boasts a 12-storey marble and gold-lined lobby so cavernous that astounded tourists can be found at almost any time of the day trying…