Brunei silenced on South China Sea claims

Brunei is an absolute monarchist, Islamic state of 420,000 people on the north coast of Borneo, wedged into the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Indonesia and Malaysia own 99 percent of Borneo, which is the third la...
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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.  Wha...
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Power Struggle in Brunei?

The oil-steeped Sultanate of Brunei is awash in reports that a turf war for power has broken out between Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his younger brother, Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, the minister of foreign affairs and trade. The story started to come to lig...
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Brunei Finally Gets its Gunboats

The Sultanate of Brunei this week took delivery of two 80-meter Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessels, with a third on the way, 14 years after the sultanate went looking for warships to replace its ...
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Brunei on the Bounding Main

Want to buy a high-speed warship, cheap, never used, bristling with some of the most advanced weaponry on the high seas? Three of them, in fact? Call Brunei. They can’t use them. Ever since the sultanate settled a confidential contr...
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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 i...
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Pampered People

In 1991, when the Seria oilfield in Brunei Darusssalam produced its billionth barrel of crude oil, Brunei Shell Petroleum built a monument near Well No. 1, composed of an Islamic arch topped with the national...