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    Why Japan desperately needs criminal-justice reform

    News, Noah Smith, Published on 14/12/2018

    » Japan's police recently threw the chairman of Nissan Motor Co, one of the country's largest auto manufacturers, into a jail cell. Carlos Ghosn, a Brazilian-born executive with French and Lebanese citizenship, has been accused of falsifying financial reports and hiding US$44 million (1.4 trillion baht) of personal income.

  • OPINION

    Together, we can transform China

    News, Published on 26/11/2018

    » The behaviour of Chinese officials at last weekend's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Papua New Guinea, reportedly barging into the foreign minister's office to try to cut mildly critical language on trade from a final communique, seemed intended to signal that China won't budge an inch on US demands. Commerce Minister Zhong Shan has declared that those who assume Beijing will cave to President Donald Trump's bullying "don't know the history and culture of China". As a matter of fact, they might understand it better than he thinks.

  • OPINION

    Democracy is the biggest US asset

    News, Published on 22/11/2018

    » In his speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit over the weekend, Vice President Mike Pence put the clash of political values between the US and China at the heart of the clash of geopolitical interests between the two countries. Mr Pence declared that America seeks a "free Indo-Pacific" where countries and individuals can "exercise their God-given liberties"; he touted Washington's progress in deepening its relationships with the region's democracies, from old allies such as Australia, newer partners such as India and small nations such as the summit host, Papua New Guinea. Mr Pence contrasted this approach with Chinese coercion and announced that "authoritarianism and aggression have no place in the Indo-Pacific".

  • OPINION

    Midterms resonate across Atlantic

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 12/11/2018

    » One of the major political messages of the US midterm elections has been that rural voters dominate the cities. While the Democrats made enough gains in urban areas to take control of the House of Representatives, Republicans were able to expand their majority in the Senate, where each state gets two senators regardless of population size. In an election where neither side can claim a sweeping victory, President Donald Trump's party did as well as it did because the small towns and the more sparsely populated rural areas of the United States are still, in the main, Trump country. Meanwhile, Democrat votes pile up in the cities, uselessly, from an electoral point of view.

  • OPINION

    The quest for equity in Thai university rankings

    News, Peerasit Kamnuansilpa, Published on 15/10/2018

    » In his recent article, "Rankings not be-all, end-all for Thai unis", Mike Hayes astutely addressed the problems in the international university ranking systems vis-à-vis Thai universities, and there is little point in rehashing the faults he correctly brought to light. In his final paragraph, however, he offered an alternative ranking system that would incorporate official rankings but seems to be far more applicable to Thailand by incorporating Thai universities' contribution to local communities, national development and a democratic society.

  • OPINION

    Rankings not be-all, end-all for Thai unis

    News, Mike Hayes, Published on 03/10/2018

    » The fact that Thai universities repeatedly get low spots in international rankings is disappointing. But given the methodology for the rankings, it is hardly a surprise.

  • OPINION

    AI risks devastating developing world economies

    News, Published on 19/09/2018

    » Most studies of the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on jobs and the economy have focused on developed countries such as the US and Britain. But through my work as a scientist, technology executive and venture capitalist in the US and China, I've come to believe that the gravest threat AI poses is to emerging economies.

  • OPINION

    Smaller reforms, bigger results for Saudi Arabia

    News, Bobby Ghosh, Published on 29/08/2018

    » Two years ago, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, began what he hoped would be a thoroughgoing reform of the country's economy. Changes were certainly needed: The economy was too dependent on oil revenues, which were distributed inefficiently through patronage networks.

  • OPINION

    Steve Bannon's boost to Europe's far right parties

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 06/08/2018

    » The various movements gathered under the name of Europe's "far right" have not risen like a straight line on a graph. There have been -- still are -- lows as well as highs. Yet there is a new sense of purpose, thanks to a new movement -- called "The Movement," and launched by former Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon -- and to Hungarian premier Viktor Orban's call to the right to "concentrate our strength" on the May 2019 elections to the European Parliament.

  • OPINION

    Kem Ley’s memory looms large over Cambodia election

    News, Published on 28/07/2018

    » In the weeks before he was shot dead while drinking a gas-station coffee in Phnom Penh in July 2016, the popular Cambodian government critic Kem Ley began a project posting fables about his country's broken society to Facebook.

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