Opinion

America’s Spy System: Why didn’t it work?

If the US National Security Agency’s massive electronic spy system didn’t catch the murderous jihadist lovers, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook, what is it for? Tashfeen entered the United States in July of 20...

Opinion: Civil Liberties in Vietnam: Half-Full Glass

Human Rights Watch is upset that Hanoi is revising "its already draconian criminal code."  Parsing a recent report to Vietnam's National Assembly by the Minister of Public Security, the New York-based advocac...
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Opinion: Chinese Filipino Tycoon Kowtows to Beijing

Philippine presidential contender Grace Poe is facing possible disqualification both due to her uncertain origins as a foundling and because her loyalty to the nation has been questioned over her former US citi...
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Opinion: No Indonesian Welcome Mat for the IMF

On Sept.1 and 2, Managing Director Christine Lagarde and the IMF are scheduled to visit ndonesia. While President Joko Widodo and some of his ministers have already rolled out the welcome mat for them, it shoul...
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Opinion: A Call for Democratic Reform in Malaysia

This weekend, Malaysia will have a mammoth 34-hour “Bersih 4” rally in the national capital Kuala Lumpur and regional capitals Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in East Malaysia. Hundreds of thousands are expected to...
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Opinion: Malaysia’s Broken System

It is ironic that a chorus of leaders from the United Malays National Organization have accused critics of scandal-scarred Prime Minister Najib Razak of “seeking to destroy parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.”...
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Opinion: The Music has Stopped in Malaysia

As Malaysian markets, bonds and the ringgit plunge, futile Bank Negara interventions fail and the last remaining cash reserves melt down day in day out, all we observe from far afield is a multilayered music ch...
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Opinion: Who Will Stand Up to Najib?

The news this week that former strongman Mahathir Mohamad and his one-time rival for power, Tengku Razaleigh, have met in KL to discuss forming a “unity government” to take over from scandal-plagued Prime Minis...
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Opinion: Malaysia Needs Tengku Razaleigh Now

The current parlous state of affairs in our country reminds me of one of my favorite songs from the 1960s, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” only with the Joe Dimaggio reference changed to fit today’s cr...