Taiwan's Nationalist party, the Kuomintang, which had been drawing closer to China in business and diplomacy, suffered a crushing defeat in local elections. The result has been variously attributed to the rising cost of living, protests over trade deals,...
It didn't take long for Indonesia's new reformist president Jokowi to run into controversy. Human rights activists have criticised his decision to appoint the former army chief of staff, Ryamizard Ryacudu, as Indonesia’s new defence minister. Ironically, Jokowi had said...
I was planning to write something about this ban, but a Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil beat me to it in this piece published in Malaysian Insider. I just want to add two more points to what Kamal has written: the...
As Indonesia's reformasi movement reached its climax with the installation of the reformist Joko Widodo as president, what is happening within Malaysia? We seem to be bogged down with petty ethno-religious issues (to divert our attention away from ...
Nanjing has built a 7.8km tram line from a metro station to its Olympic Stadium East, and trials began on 2 August. The line uses lithium-ore batteries that allow for 90 per cent of the route to be free...
Some 400000 people turned up yesterday in New York City for the People’s Climate March, the largest climate rally so far. And this is a view from the ground: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di9hcfgLb5k?rel=0&w=640&h=360] The event was held ahead of the United Nations...
With 31 of 32 councils declared, the 'No to independence' for Scotland side appears to have won by 55:45 in Scotland's referendum despite the people of Glasgow voting 'Yes' (53.5 per cent). For latest results, check out the Guardian's...
With just two days left for the Scottish independence referendum, excitement is building up, with events at times taking on a bizarre if hilarious turn. A group of Labour MPs (about half the Labour shadow cabinet) arriving in Glasgow...
A few news items caught my attention recently. The first one is datelined Bukit Mertajam, the link for which I put up recently: Trafficking abuse of Myanmar Rohingya spreads to Malaysia The United States recently downgraded Malaysia and three other countries...
While the authorities are busy investigating nudists scampering around at Teluk Kampi, an even more outrageous saga is taking place under our nose.

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