All is not well in the state of France as some hard questions are being asked of the leadership about kickbacks and other funding scandals. The BBC has a story: 'How 'rotten' is France's politics'? One pending inquiry, involving the...
2030: Anwar, Tunku Abdul Aziz and RPK are speaking in London right now. The video streaming, however, might not be that smooth. http://www.ustream.tv/flash/live/1/5822298?v3=1
Exiting the Eurozone may be painful for Spain, but it may have little choice. Spain has been running persistent current account deficits. As writer Micheal Pettis says: "Its fundamental problem, in other words, has been the process by which...
An informed source has revealed to me that at one upmarket seafront apartment suites complex in northern Penang Island, the actual occupancy rate is just 10 per cent, even though the apartments have been sold out. Contrary to popular belief...
Officers of the National Financial Investigation Division (DNIF) of France are responsible for probing into the conditions of sale of submarines to Malaysia, especially a related 114 million euro payment, a French website has revealed. The DNIF is a...
The Bishop of Rome, Francis, is visiting the Italian town of Assisi, the hometown of the great 13th century saints Francis and Claire, who longed to see a church of the poor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9cCL9jemzM
In view of the latest revelations about the France-Malaysia arms deals, a wide-ranging and full-scale independent inquiry is required. Too many questions have been raised, and it is a shame that we have to rely on the French courts...
Both the United States and its trade rival, the European Union (EU), have been forced to modify their strategy in South-east Asia in pursuit of their 'free trade' and 'liberalisation' agenda. The Malaysia-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is effectively dead;...
When writing the piece below for IPS, I spoke to economist Charles Santiago, who told me that non-Malays are so tired of the discrimination under the NEP that many of them would support FTAs with the US and the...
Sweden is closing five embassies worldwide in 2011: Buenos Aires, Brussels, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur and Luanda. The official reason is budget cuts. "This painful decision is a consequence of the recent decision of the Riksdag to cut funding to the...

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