Constantine, Christianity and the values of Empire

Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity had a profound impact on history. The imperial values of the Roman Empire were pitted against the values...

World Bank should go with Wolfowitz

So Wolfowitz goes without being held accountable for his criminal scheming against Iraq. After I wrote the piece below, an academic friend told me, "Although...

“I don’t know anything about politics”

Some people complain when they hear sermons from religious preachers which they think are too “political”. Many feel uncomfortable when these preachers question the...

The classic divide-and-rule strategy

As we celebrate 50 years of Independence and 44 years of Malaysia, we would do well to consider some of the cleavages in our...

Moses and Gandhi: From “small people” to inspiring leaders

Very often, we admire the brave women and men of history who dared to stand up and lead their people against authoritarian and tyrannical...

Scomi and the “gift” to Penang commuters

In February, newspapers reported that government-owned RapidKL would take over the management of the bus system in Penang, putting an end to Penangites' public...

Ijok: Is there more than Najib vs Anwar at stake?

So I gather some see this by-election as a proxy battle between Najib and Anwar. Others see it as a mini-referendum on the Barisan...

The not-so-golden golden years

Whenever we talk of marginalised groups, many of us tend to think of migrant workers, Orang Asli, refugees, plantation workers and squatters, people with...

Will Asean follow the EU model?

Few people are aware that Asean's ‘Vision 2020’ of economic integration and competitiveness is to be further developed into the concept of an ‘‘Asean...

The great tragedy of our time

The Beirut-based journalist Robert Fisk once said, "War is the total failure of the human spirit". I know what he is trying to say. War...

A classic PR battle

You may not have noticed, but a classic PR battle is being waged between the agrichemical industry and anti-paraquat campaigners. Round One went to the...

Local democracy or local comedy?

Few of us are aware that our country had a thriving system of elections to local councils in the 1950s and 1960s. Back then,...

People in the dark over Asean Charter

Few people are even aware that a major development is taking place in South-East Asia. As usual, we are in the dark. Before long, the...

Watch what’s happening to your EPF money

So now the EPF is set to take over RHB. The first question that comes to mind is, isn't the EPF biting off more than...

Heroic martyrs spur Latin America in new direction

I find Latin America a fascinating continent, though I have never been there. But I am inspired by the stories of the suffering of...

Dabbling with the dark side

It is something of a joke these days to see the US State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Talk about the...

Dam-it, what’s going on here?

It looks like some of our planners are on a dam-building spree, even though the Bakun Dam is expected to produce electricity that the...

How the NEP equity targets miss the point

So is the bumi share of corporate equity 18.9 per cent? Or 45 per cent? Here's something to think about this weekend. In many ways,...

The Top Five Ways They Block the Real News from Reaching...

Ever get the feeling that what you read in the newspapers is not really journalism. Well, you wouldn't be far wrong. Much of what...

Makeover for predatory IMF and World Bank

While attending the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Singapore, I soon realised...