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  • OPINION

    Pyongyang's charm offensive

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 19/02/2018

    » A budget of US$2.6 million to ensure red-carpet treatment for North Koreans at the Winter Olympics is just one sign of South Korea's eagerness to revive dialogue with its dangerous neighbour. The North appears equally keen, based on the high-profile visit to Pyeongchang by Kim Yo-jong, the Supreme Leader's sister and Pyongyang's PR queen.

  • OPINION

    Singapore has head in the clouds

    Oped, Umesh Pandey, Published on 11/02/2018

    » If anyone asks me to name a country in this region that stands out for its futuristic thinking and ability to achieve its goals, then the only country that comes to my mind is Singapore. The island state that has been independent for just over five decades has achieved success that has surpassed the expectations of many historians and possibly even the founding fathers of the nation. From being a small island in the Malaysian Peninsula that relied heavily on the mainland, to being self-dependent and overtaking its neighbours in every way possible, today Singapore stands as the epitome of what will and determination can do for a nation.

  • OPINION

    'Davos men' face crisis of confidence

    News, Published on 31/01/2018

    » The World Economic Forum's annual flagship meeting in Davos has always been an easy target for caricature, even ridicule. Over the years, it has gained a somewhat deserved reputation for gathering a bunch of global elites in a posh Swiss resort for a week's worth of self-congratulatory speeches -- a sort of affirmation that the elite's values and successes epitomise the triumph of democracy and capitalism.

  • OPINION

    Davos fails to deliver an antidote for toxic problems

    News, Joseph Stiglitz, Published on 05/02/2018

    » I've been attending the World Economic Forum's annual conference in Davos, Switzerland -- where the so-called global elite convenes to discuss the world's problems -- since 1995. Never have I come away more dispirited than I have this year.

  • OPINION

    Bitcoin is a means of payment, just not yet for you

    News, Elaine Ou, Published on 24/01/2018

    » Critics of Bitcoin often argue that it's useless as a means of payment, one of the key elements of any successful currency. That's not quite right, and likely to become less so.

  • OPINION

    Donald Trump gears up for the great Davos face-off

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 25/01/2018

    » Since its foundation in 1971, the World Economic Forum in Davos has been a byword for the growing consensus around an increasingly globalised world. Now, President Donald Trump is on his way to tell those who consider themselves the global elite that they have been wrong on just about everything.

  • OPINION

    Rouhani has most to lose from strife

    News, Published on 04/01/2018

    » Iranian authorities are concerned that nationwide unrest will undermine the clerical establishment and want to stamp out the protests quickly, senior government officials say. But the person with the most to lose is President Hassan Rouhani.

  • OPINION

    Trump's tweets no help to Pakistan

    News, Shahid Javed Burki, Published on 08/01/2018

    » Pakistan has now joined the ranks of countries hit by one of US President Donald Trump's characteristic tweet storms. In his first tweet of 2018, Mr Trump declared that the United States has "foolishly" given Pakistan more than US$33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, while Pakistan had returned only "lies and deceit" and given safe haven to the terrorists America hunts in Afghanistan. "No more!" Mr Trump concluded. And now the US is freezing its aid to the country.

  • OPINION

    DSI's shot to the foot

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/12/2017

    » The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) was conceived and promoted as the nation's most elite, incorruptible and trustworthy arm of law enforcement. In recent weeks, the force has met none of those standards. An investigation by the "regular" police has turned up astounding evidence against the DSI. It not only indicates gross incompetence. It occurred in one of the most important criminal investigations, a case that concerns the entire public.

  • OPINION

    Streaming service gives voice to rural folks in China

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 29/12/2017

    » Yang Yang, a 22-year-old Chinese corn farmer, spends two to three hours a day streaming video of life in his cliffside village to smartphones across China. He spends lots of time clinging to a cliffside ladder, one hand on his selfie stick, while he banters with fans about village life.

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