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Asia Sentinel’s Christmas Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Beijing’s Global Media Offensive: China’s Uneven Campaign to Influence Asia and the World

BOOK REVIEWS: Two Sorry Tales of American Misadventure in Asia

BOOK REVIEW: The Truth Pill: The Myth of Drug Regulation in India

Obituary: Jose Maria Sison 1939-2022

Alleged FTX Fraudster’s Girlfriend Pleads Guilty

Growing Persecution of LGBTQs in Malaysia

Two Killed on Indonesia's ill-Starred High-Speed Rail Project

Schrödinger's Princess: Is Thai Royal Alive or Dead?

Asean Risks Losing Whatever Relevance it Has

One Month In, Malaysia Off to a Shaky Start

Altantuya Verdict Leaves Mastermind Unnamed

Gauging the Strength of Myanmar’s Armed Resistance

Afghan-Pakistan Border Tensions Grow

Australian Casino Officials Allegedly Abetted Chinese Junket Operators over Suspicion of Money Laundering

Middle East Interests Shift From the West to Asia

Time’s Up for FTX Former CEO, US Alleges

Violence Against Women and Girls: Not Cultural but Criminal

Hong Kong’s Independent Judiciary Hangs by a Thread

Long-Discredited Fear of Communism Reappears in Indonesian Criminal Code

Demonstrations Thin End of Wedge in Iran, China

Proposed Philippine Wealth Fund Sparks Jitters

UPDATE: Brittney Griner Traded for the Merchant of Death

IS muscle-flexing in Afghanistan threatens Taliban and wider region

Xi mentions Tiananmen, refuses to call it a tragedy

International Concern As Indonesia Outlaws Premarital Sex Under Islamist Influence

The Case for Recognizing the Taliban Regime

Singapore’s Temasek Looks for Answers in FTX Collapse

BOOK REVIEW: River of Stories

BOOK REVIEW: The Cashless Revolution: China’s Reinvention of Money And The End of America’s Domination of Finance and Technology

Mahathir Mohamed’s Last Ride

Urban Sprawl Uglifies Kashmir's 'Venice of the East'

High-Ranking Indonesian Police Turn On Each Other

The Masters of the Universe Invent a New Plaything

Anwar’s Dilemma

Thailand’s Prayuth Maneuvers to Stay in Power

New US-China Space Race Heating Up

A Dose of Reality for Malaysia

Manila’s Tricky US-China Balancing Act

Risk of ‘Superbugs’ Grows From Antibiotic Misuse

Temasek, Sequoia Capital missed huge risks in FTX

Anwar Caps a 30-Year Campaign to Become Malaysia’s Premier

Taiwan’s Tsai Headed For Lame Duck Status in Local Elections

The Philippines’ Corruption-Ridden Prison System

Seoul Ends Diplomatic Ambiguity on China

Influx of Chinese Workers Irritates Indonesians

The US-China Rivalry is Unlikely to Disappear, ever

Jokowi, Indonesia Pull it Off on Global Stage

Malaysia’s Polls Usher in a New Political Landscape

Release of Rajiv Gandhi’s Killers Triggers Public Uproar

China Twists Arms at Asean Summit

Malaysia’s Projected Post-Election Leaders

With 8 Billion People, The World’s Inequality Problems Fester

The Philippines' Dreary Record on Crime

Xi a Winner in Bali G20 Meeting

As G20 Meets in Bali, Host Indonesia’s Problems on Display

China’s ‘Super Hydropower Dam’ Raises Indian Hackles

Ukrainian Advice to Taiwan

China-US Rivalry Muted at Asean Conclave

Malaysia’s Upcoming National Polls Suddenly Look Competitive

Continued Power Struggle Likely Despite Xi’s Sway

Intrigues Within Ranks Challenge Marcos Jr.

Indonesia’s Most Powerful Kingmaker Wants Daughter as President

North Korean Missile Launches Unite Allies

Chinese Adopt Bollywood Disco Song as Protest Anthem

An Obscure Central Asian Country Comes Into its Own

A Journalist’s Murder Rattles Manila

Imran Khan Targets Military After Shooting

BOOK REVIEW: Memsahibs: British Women in Colonial India

BOOK REVIEW: Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World

UNCTAD Outlines a Stark Future for World’s Poor Countries

Malaysia's Upcoming Polls Hinge on Corruption

Delusion and the Madness of Crowds

Hong Kong’s Judges Twist Themselves into Semantic Knots

Bhopal Survivors Continue to Seek Justice 38 years After Tragedy

Sudden Blackout Ends a Concert in Vietnam

Pakistan Infrastructure Initiative’s Continuing Problems

HK Authorities Use Dodgy Charge to Convict Publisher Lai

HIV Returns Among Asia-Pacific’s Young

Last-Minute Leadership Reshuffle Caused Hu’s Removal

Onetime Colony’s Offspring Produce New UK Leaders

The Decline of Buddhism in Thailand

Kidney Failures Kill Scores of Indonesian Children

Pulitzer Fete Blocked for Kashmiri Journalist

Predecessor’s Sudden Ejection Spotlights Xi’s Power

Moral Outrage: Malaysia’s Election Gamechanger?

Brexit-Based Dreams End Truss’s Brief reign over “Britaly”

Investors Skittish Over China's Covid Policy

India’s Congress Party Elects a Non-Gandhi

Microsoft's Gates Makes a Risky Bet

Indonesia: The Gulf Monarchies’ New Battleground

Controlling the Narrative: Historical Distortion and the Philippines

Vietnam's Tale of Two Anthems

BOOK REVIEW: Number One Realist: Bernard Fall and Vietnamese Revolutionary Warfare

Resurgent Jihadis Brace For New Transnational War

Anti-India Immigrant Pitch Delays UK Trade Deal

Acid Attacks: Burning Issue in India

From the Philippines’ Marcos, Lassitude in Human Rights

Malaysian Polls to Decide Fate of Party President

China’s Novelistic ‘Soft Power Invasion’ of Vietnam

Indonesian Police Screw Themselves Up

Lee Dynasty Squabble Shakes Singapore Politics

Indonesia Ducks Uyghur Issue in United Nations

Marcos Dodges First 100 Days, Then Switches Course

Malaysia's Great Disappointment – Nation's Biggest-Ever Budget

Indonesian Fishermen Struggle to Adapt to Climate Change

India's Top Court Gives Single Women New Abortion Rights

Indonesian Fishermen Struggle to Adapt to Climate Crisis

Taiwan's Military Preparedness up But Not by Much

Malaysia’s Former AG Thomas Persecuted for Job Well Done?

Rumblings of Corruption in Penang

Pakistan Turns Away from Russia in Ukraine Conflict

Chinese Academics in US Increasingly Going Home Out of Fear

BOOK REVIEW: Civil Society in Southeast Asia, Power Struggles and Political Regimes

Malaysian PM demands Probe of Former Reformasi AG

Behind Vietnam’s Rosy GDP Figures, Some Questions

Could Malaysia Field Multiracial Political Parties?

Update: Thai PM Given New Term by High Court

Singapore’s Hounded Independent Media Move Overseas

What Happened to Hong Kong?

Is Jokowi’s Nusantara the Chinese Dream?

As Abe is Laid to Rest, Legacy of Political Stability and International Orientation

India Demands its Kohinoor Diamond Back

China's Xi Continues Campaign Against Security Agency Enemies

Russian Embassy Murders in Kabul May Signal New Isolation For Taliban

Malaysia Readies for Polls in a Radical New Landscape

Cyber Pirate Hacks Indonesia’s Top Officials to Highlight Breaches

Central Asian SCO Summit Bad News for Putin

BOOK REVIEW: Flaming Forest, Wounded Valley: Stories from Bastar and Kashmir

Extraordinary Tribute as Thousands Queue for Elizabeth

BOOK REVIEW: Money Men: A Hot Startup, A Billion Dollar Fraud, A Fight for the Truth

China Pushes Into Russia’s Backyard

India Maneuvers for Big Power Status

The Hallyu Wave

Indonesia Gets Ready For RCEP

Top Pakistani Court Rules Preaching Christianity is no Crime

King Charles III Faces Challenges as Old Colonial Links Go

Indonesian Palm Oil Billionaire Goes on Trial

West Starts to Wean Itself From China’s Rare Earths

Newly Rich Indians Look for Overseas Luxury

Fifth Covid Wave hits Hong Kong’s Domestic Workers

UK Picks Truss Amid Massive Crises

Pair Arrested for Trying to Create Mini-State in Marshall Islands

Political Earthquake: Can a new Malaysia Emerge?

Former Tata Chairman Mistry Killed in Crash

China Joins the Search for Alternative Meat Protein

Malaysia's 'Assembly Line' of Crooks Meets Justice

Taiwan's KMT tries its luck at taming the Chinese dragon

Indonesian Police Sex-Murder Scandal Kicks Off Major Purge

Asia’s World City’s World Continues to Shrink

Nickel, Indonesia's Poisoned Chalice

Former Malaysian PM’s Wife Headed for Prison

The Myth of Sino-Russia ‘Takeover’ of Afghanistan

Malaysia Regains Its National Dignity

Malaysia’s Government System Under Pressure in Wake of Najib Verdict

India's Crumbling Roads Take Lives

Thai PM Prayuth Out, Now the Jockeying Begins

Biden Administration’s Simplistic China Policy

Former Malaysian PM Najib Jailed on Corruption Charges

Xi Jinping Takes Down Another ‘Tiger’

UMNO’s and Najib’s 40-Year Raid on the Defense Ministry

Bongbong’s Sugar Problem

Thai Junta Leader Prayuth About to Fall?

Najib’s fate: ‘Let justice be done’

Hong Kong's Show Trial

End of the Line for Malaysia’s Najib?

Indonesia Nervously Watches China-Taiwan Conflict

Hong Kong’s Quarantine Reduction: Too Little, Too Late

China’s Weak Historical Claim to Taiwan

Radical Islam Makes its Way from Afghanistan to Pakistan

Salman Rushdie Pays a Terrible Price for his Courage

Indonesia’s Police Scandal Widens in Shocking New Directions

BOOK REVIEW: Malaysia Towards GE-15 and Beyond

BOOK REVIEW: Normative Tensions: Academic Freedom in International Education

Human Breast Milk Commercialization Controversy in India

Nguyễn Phú Trọng’s Legacy

Global Race On for Hegemony Over Technology

Unprecedented Fallout from Indonesian Revenge Murder

Al-Zawahiri’s Killing May Send Al-Qaeda in Ominous New Directions

Testing time for Marcos Presidency in the Philippines

Mahathir’s Last Hurrah

Indonesia Police Revenge Shooting Shakes Force to the Core

Much More Rope For Thai Premier Prayuth?

Indonesia’s President Seeks International Stage

Al-Zawahiri’s Death: More Where He Came From

A French Court’s Bizarre Verdict Roils Southeast Asian Waters

UK's Tories Nix Brown PM

Kingmaking in Indonesia

Lee Scion’s Rumored Anointment as Crown Prince Could Split Singapore’s PAP

Fidel V. Ramos, 1928-2022

Brittney Griner and the Merchant of Death

Disheartening Setback in Campaign Against AIDS

Thailand Tunes in and Turns On

Solving the Japan-South Korea Relations Tangle

Report Says Taiwan Asking for Long-range Missiles from US

India's Population Surge: Dividend or Disaster?

Myanmar Executions an Ominous Signal of More to Come

Xi Faces Unaccustomed Headwinds in 3rd Term Bid

Rajapaksa Dynasty’s End Likely Not a New Beginning

Setback for Medical Cannabis Legalization in Indonesia

Malaysia: Justice Undone

Can Rafizi Ramli Save Malaysia’s Most Important Opposition Party?

India and the Taliban Find a Path to ‘Normal’ Relations

Southeast Asia’s post-Covid-19 green recovery

Taiwan Strait caught in the crosshairs of US-China relations

Kazakhstan a Reluctant Ally in Russia’s Ukraine Gambit

Criminal Trials Feature in Beijing Power Struggle

Abe’s Death Throws Japanese Polls Into Chaos

3D Printing: Cautionary Tale for US Manufacturing

Dishonesty Writes End to Boris

The Perils of Medical Malpractice in Malaysia

Singapore Dreams Up Foreign Influence in Politics

Viet Leader’s Anti-Corruption Campaign Continues to Fizzle

Malaysia’s Political Clown Show

US Abortion Decision Triggers National Debate in India

The Future of the Philippines

Rappler’s Ressa: Battling ‘The Devil’s Microphone’

Hong Kong at 25: One City, Two Views

Russia’s Ugly History in Ukraine

Presidential Election Maneuvering Begins in Indonesia

Officials’ Downfall Confirms Shanghai’s Failings as Financial Hub

Lame Duck Duterte Still Seeking to Shut Down Rappler

G7 Counter to China’s BRI: Too Little, Too Late

Abu Sayyaf Under Rising Pressure in Asia’s Backwater

Floods Wreak Havoc in South Asia

Gerontocrats in Hong Kong’s New Government

Controversial Traditional Chinese Remedy Distributed to Millions in Hong Kong

Pakistan Economy: Trapped Between China and US

China’s New Envoy to Indonesia Faces Multiple Issues

Korean President Moon’s Last Reform

Growing Discontent Among Malaysia’s Dominant Ethnic Group

Cambodia Political Repression Deepens

What India Could Learn From China On Pollution Control

Bongbong Puts a Tenuous Foot Forward on Agriculture

China More Vulnerable Than US in Supply Chains: Analysts

China’s Gigantic Philippine Trade Gap

Opinion: The Death of Integrity in Malaysia

Singapore as a One-Party State

India's Modi Backs Away from Hindu Extremism

An Indian Woman Sets Out to Marry Herself

International Politics Hampers Australian ASEAN Agriculture Workers Scheme

Australia Strengthens Ties with Immediate Neighbors

BOOK REVIEW: The Making of the Modern Philippines

Myanmar’s Junta to Execute Pro-Democracy Activists

China’s Pacific Ambitions Hit a Pothole

Faceoff in the South China Sea Grows More Tense

Bongbong Marcos and the Challenge Ahead

Bangkok Governor-elect to Walk Political Tightrope

Hong Kong’s Creative Types Head For The Exits

China's Covid Lockdown hits Indonesian Consumers

Biden Sends China a Message

Indonesia's G20 Summit Dilemma

Central Asia Passes on Russia’s Ukraine Gambit

Climate Change Comes to South Asia

Labor Shortages Dog Viet Tourism

Furor Over Indonesian Cleric’s Expulsion from Singapore

Independent Candidates Redraw Thailand’s Political Makeup

Biden-Yoon Summit Love Fest

Asia Sentinel Halal Probe Results in Abattoir’s Ban

Philippine Legislature: Democratic Facsimile

Rajapaksas Prevail in Sri Lanka Despite Grave Crises

US Gaming Executives in Sino-US Crossfire

Indonesia: Reluctant South China Sea Participant

Indonesia Seeks to Lure Tesla Battery Investment

Australia Federal Election Tightens

Yoon Rushes to Improve Ties with Tokyo

Marcoses regain a Vote of Confidence

The Marcos Restoration: 30 Years In The Making

Indian Exporters Reap Russian Windfall

Upcoming Bangkok Gubernatorial Polls a Political Barometer

Hong Kong’s New Leader Shows Iron Fist With Cardinal’s Arrest

Malaysian Media Furor Over Allegations of Halal Abuse

Singapore Ups the Pressure on the Opposition

Taiwan's Xialiuqiu Islanders Fight to Save Their Home

Malaysia Urgently Needs Agricultural Revolution

Viet Premier’s Delicate Pilgrimage to Washington

Leni Robredo’s Pink Revolution

Indonesia’s Jokowi Looks to the Gulf States

Malaysia’s Colossal Foreign Policy Gaffe

Up Periscope! Sub Scandal Resurfaces in Malaysia

Ukraine Crisis Disrupts Indonesia's Wheat Supply

BOOK REVIEW: The Story of Malacca: Sultans & Spices, Guns & Greed, Race & Religion

Ukraine’s Moskva Sinking Spurs Taiwan to Fast-track Anti-China Defense Production

India, US Ease Closer to a Marriage of Convenience

English is Key to Keeping India United

Hong Kong’s Storied FCC Learns its Place

Fake Allegations Against Top Malaysian Judges an Election Ploy

Pakistan vs Afghan Taliban: Resetting ties with the West

Manila: Starved For Green Space

Anti-China resistance Grows in Asia-Pacific

Boris Johnson fails to challenge India’s stand on Russia and Ukraine

A Tale of Two Elections

Maoist Rebellion Outlasts Duterte

Hard-hitting Police Quash Troublesome Indonesian Islamists

Signals Flashing Red on Xi’s Belt and Road

Flurry of Political Activity in Singapore

New Seoul Government Turns Sharply to Washington

Asia Expects Continuing Scars From War, Covid

Big Trouble for Tigers in Laos

Rohingya Refugee Children Struggle for Survival in Kashmir

China-led Jakarta-Bandung Rail Project Stumbles

Hindu Nationalists Spark Fear by Banning Meat Sales During Festival

Malaysian Combat Ships Yet Another Defense Scandal

John Lee as Hong Kong’s next chief executive

Once Again, Beijing Picks Hong Kong’s New Chief

Beijing’s Instability Concerns Drive Hong Kong Exec Pick

Pakistan Heads for Early Elections

India stiffens its criticism of Russia’s attack on Ukraine

EDITORIAL: An Unconscionable Sin

Horrific Cruelty Ignored in Halal Food Production

End of an Era: Indonesia Pursues Suharto Circle’s Debts

Pakistan’s PM Khan Faces Ouster

India Bests China in Sri Lanka Power Politics

All of Hong Kong’s Overseas Judges Urged to Quit

Japan Beats Covid by Aversion to 'Bothersomness'

Indonesia Widens its Defense Security Net

Philippines Opens to Foreign Investment – Maybe

Malaysia’s ‘National Embarrassment’ to Speak to Forum

Big-Power Shenanigans in the Solomon Islands

Russia Leaves its Great Power Illusions in the Ukrainian Mud

Indonesia and G20: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Delhi Faces New Test on Russian Invasion Stance

Psst. Want to Buy a Klimt?

Hun Sen Seeks to Crush Opposition Before Commune Polls

China's Strategic Dilemmas

Malaysia's Overlooked Brain Drain

China Ill-Equipped For Potential US Sanctions

Vietnam's Power Elite Scuttles Coal

The West's Inexcusable Neglect of Starving Afghans

Ukraine Invasion a Wakeup Call for Taiwan

Indonesia: The Lion that Meowed

Ukraine on Fire: Asean Only Squeaks

Johor Election Takes Malaysia Back to the Future

Uncertain Future for Indian Students Escaping Ukraine Nightmare

South Korea Returns to Historic Trajectory

UN Embarks on a Belated Bid to Solve Plastics Pollution

BJP State Election Landslide a Long-term Trend

ASEAN Region Feels Ukrainian Economic Pain

Omicron Paralyzes Hong Kong

Religion, Politics and Women's Cricket in Pakistan

Delhi’s AAP looks set for historic win in Punjab

Indonesia's President Co-opts the Islamists

Najib Said Seeking Friendly AG to Keep Him Out of Jail

Asia’s Money Pipeline to Russia Dries Up

China Cautiously Begins to Raise its Retirement Age

Malaysia's Fraught State Election

Malaysia's Looming Food Crisis

Ukraine Triggers Korea Election Security Debate

Asia's Troubling Choices over Ukraine

India's Russia Links Put Ukraine Condemnation on Hold

Russia's Ukraine Invasion Backfires in Beijing

Belt and Road Initiative in Indonesia: Green Headache

Graft Probe finds Flaws in China’s Financial Institutions

Malaysia at the Mercy of the Divine Bureaucracy

China Caught in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

China Seeks Another Way to Raise its Falling Birthrate

Flying Your Hamster Out of Hong Kong

South Korea Deals With Its Incels

Hold the Applause for Beijing’s Winter Games

The End of the Blue Diamond Affair

Trump’s Trade War Wasn’t ‘Good’ or ‘Easy to Win’

China Uses Omicron to Crack Down on Hong Kong

‘Little Kings’ Thwart Indonesia's Democracy

The Endangered Rights of Women in Malaysia

Indian Outrage at Singapore Premier’s Insults

Taiwan's Blemished Human Rights Record

A Muslim Woman's Answer on Domestic Violence

China's Search for a Dominant Strategy in Sri Lanka

'Court Cluster' of Felons Seeks to Destabilize Malaysia

Biden Administration Lays Out its Asia Strategy

Inflation in Malaysia Stirring Concern

India's Modi Faces Tough State Polls

Singapore's PAP Out to Hamstring Opposition Party

Malaysia's Machiavellian Culture

Indonesia's New Oligarchs

China-Russia Alliance: Shared Antagonisms

Global Electric Car Sales Skyrocket, Led by China

Duterte's Growing Overseas Troubles

Hong Kong's Expats Empty Out

BOOK REVIEW: Stalin: Passage to Revolution

BOOK REVIEW: Where Were You? A Profile of Modern Slavery

China's Rail Networks: Transporting Goods and Influence

A Year After Coup, Myanmar Heads Nowhere

Ex-graftbuster's Verdict May Spell Trouble for Chinese Anti-corruption Czar

Suspicions of Manipulation of Malaysia's Chicken Market

Road's End for Malaysia's Reform Coalition?

Professional Muslim Women in India Face Growing Threats

Philippines' Marcos Scion Coasting Toward Presidency

Duterte Hands Broadcast Foe's Licenses to an Ally

Xi Seeks to Quell Internal Rebellion

Afghanistan's Collapse Inevitable

Xi Jinping Targets Big Tech

Hong Kong's Isolation Deepens as Covid-19 Wears on

Hong Kong's Top Jurist Defends Indeterminate Pretrial Detention

Surrogate Scholars are Big Business in Vietnam

Taiwan Turning Itself into a Fortress

BOOK REVIEW: Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of the Coronavirus

New Capital Evokes Indonesia’s Archipelagic Character

Authorities Close Kashmir Press Club

Indian Art Turns to NFTs

Indonesian Indigenous Vaccine Raises Concerns

Bleak Outlook for Thailand in 2022

Alternatives To The ‘Great Reset’ in Davos

Malaysia’s Corruption Watchdog Under Fire

Putin’s Central Asia Ambitions

Twitter Users Ridicule Indonesian Police

Getting by in a Corrupt Vietnam

Australian Woman’s Fight to Prove Singapore Fraud

China's Belt & Road Initiative Builds Roads to Beijing

Southern Thai Insurgency Negotiations Likely to be Fruitless

Kazakh Unrest a Problem for Region’s Despots

BOOK REVIEW: A Long Road to Justice: Stories from the Frontlines in Asia

BOOK REVIEW: Collision Course: Carlos Ghosn and the Culture Wars that Upended an Auto Empire

Taiwan Researcher’s Covid-19 Bite Raises Questions

BOOK REVIEW: The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War

Australia, Japan Confirm Mutual Defense Pact

Cambodia Casino Union Leader Violently Arrested as Strike Drags on

Australian ASEAN Farm Worker Visa Runs Into Flak

Hong Kong Government Snuffs Out More Media

Asian Governments Shackle Social Media as Disaster Relief Tool

A Kashmiri Wife’s 25-year Struggle for Justice

A 'Calculated Insult to Malaysia’s Honor'

Taliban’s Refusal to Moderate Further Isolates Them