Politics

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Zhuhai’s High-Life Legacy

A Singapore tourist looks admiringly at paintings by an Italian Jesuit living at the Beijing court in a building modeled on portion of the palace of Louis XIV at Versailles. Outside, the ... Read More...
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The Last Gasp of Resistance

Photo: General Vang Pao  c. 1960 Today, the streets of Vientiane and Luang Prabang are alive with cafes and shops that hark back to the days when Laos was a stop on the so-called hippie trail.... Read More...
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The Tragedy of China’s Coal Industry

The United States has been grimly transfixed since August 6 by the deaths of six coal miners killed in the state of Utah and the subsequent death of three more miners who tried to rescue them.  Hour-by... Read More...
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FEER answers Singapore Defamation Suit

In two 50-page defense statements, The Far Eastern Economic Review has replied to allegations it had defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, former Premier Lee Kuan Yew, in an in... Read More...
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The Dam that Wouldn’t Die

The resuscitation of the controversial Bakun Dam as the result of an agreement to build a nearby aluminum smelter is the latest chapter in a long running saga to push forward the environmentally s... Read More...
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Taliban Do a Good Turn?

  The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday that Afghanistan’s murderous Taliban insurgents had released two sick South Korean women hostages, stirring immediate speculation... Read More...
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Cherchez la Femme – China Style

It was the most dramatic illustration of how mistresses have become a key part of China’s corruption story.  On Sept. 3, according to the Beijing Times, of the 16 ministry-level officials sacked ... Read More...