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  • OPINION

    China's Xi shaping up as Chairman Mao of 21st century

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/02/2018

    » The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) approved a proposal on Monday that the country's president no longer be limited to two five-year terms of office. The National People's Congress will rubber-stamp the change. And that will be the end of three decades of consensus-seeking collective leadership in the CCP. The god-king model is back.

  • OPINION

    Is jailing efficient?

    News, Postbag, Published on 15/10/2018

    » Re: "Death penalty taints the record", (Editorial, Oct 14). The debate on whether the death penalty for certain crimes continues unabated with both sides putting forward their reasons for keeping it or not. The editorial, obviously on the side of abolishing it, states "...life imprisonment, without a commuting term, is a more acceptable and efficient punishment choice for people committing heinous crimes". What it failed to state is to whom is it more acceptable and how is it more efficient.

  • OPINION

    On with the show

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/06/2016

    » Michel Barre in his June 6 letter ("Best foot forward") is largely right about using one's name or a pseudonym when signing a letter to PostBag.

  • LEARNING

    US State Dept human trafficking report

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 29/06/2011

    » The situation has been made worse in Thailand by the integration of victims into the country's economy - similar, in fact, to the United States

  • NEWS

    US urges China to cut trade by $100 billion

    Reuters, Published on 16/03/2018

    » WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is pressing China to cut its trade surplus with the United States by $100 billion, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday, clarifying a tweet last week from President Donald Trump.

  • NEWS

    Top US officials deny 'gutless' editorial

    AFP, Published on 06/09/2018

    » WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's top lieutenants scrambled Thursday to deny authorship of an explosive op-ed article that has plunged his presidency into crisis by proclaiming secret insider resistance to his reckless, "amoral" leadership.

  • OPINION

    Why America should be optimistic about Trump

    News, Published on 21/11/2016

    » I'm a Donald Trump optimist. Like the many who don't support him, I am alarmed that he won. But I don't believe he will be as bad as the worst fears. It's a very modest definition of optimism, but I think it's the best liberals can come up with.

  • NEWS

    China slaps retaliatory tariffs on 128 US imports (video)

    AFP, Published on 02/04/2018

    » BEIJING - China on Monday imposed new tariffs on 128 US imports worth $3 billion, including fruits and pork, in retaliation to US duties on steel and aluminium, fuelling fears of a trade war.

  • OPINION

    Asset declaration law angers academics

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/11/2018

    » A new regulation issued by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) that requires university council members to declare their assets and liabilities has drawn mixed reactions.

  • OPINION

    Turkey is swiftly heading towards a regime of terror

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 12/11/2016

    » 'In Turkey, we are progressively putting behind bars all people who take the liberty of voicing even the slightest criticism of the government," wrote author Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's first Nobel Prize winner. "Freedom of thought no longer exists. We are distancing ourselves at high speed from a state of law and heading towards a regime of terror" that is driven by "the most ferocious hatred".

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