The latest round of secret negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is underway in Utah, USA. The principal beneficiaries are expected to be large corporations. http://youtu.be/LF6XWaiRMcc
Economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research, based in Washington DC, explains what the United States could have done to rein in its housing bubble. Some lessons for Malaysia here, I think. The main...
Update (18 June): The CEO of US-based public relations agency 5WPR, Ross Torossian, issued the following emailed statement: Clearly all of the American media reports regarding Maira Nazarbayev have been completely inaccurate. "The young man Khanbolat Nazarbayev, the 10-year old...
Blog reader KJ shares his thoughts with us: Re liberalisation/de-regulation: I think the general literature is pretty clear on this that over the past quarter century or more liberalisation has meant de-regulation. It was said that over-regulation was the problem,...
Bersih co-chair Ambiga Sreenevasan has appeared on CNN and put across the call for free and fair elections in Malaysia to a global audience. http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed_edition&videoId=international/2012/11/06/amanpour-ukraine-yulia-tymoshenko.cnn
Update: Boeing has reportedly clarified the 777-200ER Malaysia Airlines aircraft did not have such an antenna installed and was not subject to the FAA order. In a brief statement sent to the Guardian, Boeing said: "The antenna covered by...
A cable on the Wikileaks website cites bankers as saying that Labuan is losing out to Singapore and Hong Kong. Despite poor market conditions, the bankers interviewed say non-commercial reasons influence their decision to maintain small offices there. Read especially...
Don't discriminate. Instead, treat people as you would like to be treated, says Obama, in a message to youth that strikes close to home.
http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1705667530 A Bernama report titled 'Obama congratulates Najib on premiership' has been given a new headline in the NST: 'Obama salutes Najib'. If you read the Bernama report carefully, the language is just one of diplomatic courtesy and niceties. It's the...
The TPP is "the largest—and worst—trade deal you’ve never heard of," says a campaign on moveon.org. In other words, "Nafta on steroids". You may not have heard of it because the negotiations are all being done in secret. Perhaps...

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