French Justice Catching up With Malaysians in Sub Scandal?

French Justice Catching up With Malaysians in Sub Scandal?Although Abdul Razak Baginda, the central figure in what was previously Malaysia’s most notorious scandal, has been charged with “active and passive complicity in corruption” by French prosecutors, according to Agence France Press on Aug. 1, it is unlikely that they are going to catch up with him anytime soon. Razak remains in Malaysia, a…

Gay and Undocumented, Burmese Refugees Struggle in Thailand

Gay and Undocumented, Burmese Refugees Struggle in Thailand“Queer migrants” or LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) refugees from Myanmar – called as such because they had to leave their countries and go somewhere else to be able to live safely as themselves – have looked at Thailand as the ideal destination, with its louche, gay-friendly lifestyle. But in too many…

China to Take Charge of Kowloon Immigration Facility

China to Take Charge of Kowloon Immigration FacilityThe Hong Kong government is railroading through a plan to give up legal rights to a piece of its own territory in favor of Beijing. A chunk of the high-speed rail terminus being constructed in the middle of Kowloon, where immigration and customs formalities will be performed, is to come under the formal jurisdiction of…

The Hornbill Hunters of Sumatra

The Hornbill Hunters of SumatraIn 2011, a Taiwanese businessman named Hsien arrived in Indonesia with a plan to make himself rich and in the process to systematically wipe out one of the world’s most majestic and rarest birds, the helmeted hornbill, Rhinoplax vigil, also known as the “King Hornbill”  in the provinces of Kalimantan and Sumatra. He has made…

Chinese, Malaysian Timber Interests Loot PNG Rainforests

Chinese, Malaysian Timber Interests Loot PNG RainforestsThe rainforests of Papua New Guinea are being looted by Malaysian and Chinese companies shipping the timber to manufacturing hubs in China, where products are finished commercially – and some of which were previously delivered to some of the United States’ biggest retailers in contravention of US laws, according to an exhaustive investigation by the…

International Investment Firm Ordered Shut in Bermuda

International Investment Firm Ordered Shut in BermudaThe Supreme Court of Bermuda has ordered the Bermuda arm of the controversial empire of the Lebanese Saab brothers liquidated following an investigation by KRyS Global, an international fraud investigation and dispute resolution firm. Ayoub-Farid and Fadi Saab are the beneficial owners of FBME Bank of Tanzania, whose Cyprus unit was in effect shut down…

China Overseas Investment Curb Exposes Splits in Government

China Overseas Investment Curb Exposes Splits in GovernmentWang Jianlin displayed considerable composure and self-confidence when facing questions about the recent sale of his theme park and hotel assets to smaller rivals Sunac China Holdings and Guangzhou R&F Properties. But Wang, the founder of China's largest real estate developer Dalian Wanda Group and formerly China's richest man, may actually have something to fear.…

Unending Punishment: Political Repression in Vietnam

Unending Punishment: Political Repression in VietnamOn July 30, 2012, the mother of political prisoner Ta Phong Tan burned herself to death at a government building in despair over her daughter’s imprisonment. This is the fifth anniversary of her death. This is what life is like as a prisoner of conscience in Vietnam: Isolation. Withholding of newspapers and letters from family,…

India’s Modi Takes a Key State

India’s Modi Takes a Key StateNarendra Modi and Amit Shah have won yet another victory in their drive for the pan-India political domination of their Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party with a coup in the desperately poor state of Bihar, where Nitish Kumar, the chief minister and head of a regional party, resigned dramatically on July 27. In a carefully orchestrated series…

With China Intruding, Indian Navy Finally Starts to Act

With China Intruding, Indian Navy Finally Starts to ActUnder fire from defence analysts and the federal auditor for its luckless and ill-equipped navy, long a victim of political and bureaucratic apathy, the Indian government is scrambling to bolster it against the backdrop of an increasingly assertive China which is intruding into the Indian Ocean in force. The two Asian giants have been locked…