Opinion

The Doctor is back. Can Malaysia be cured?

The six-decade stranglehold of Malaysia’s ruling coalition is smashed. Dr Mahathir Mohamad, two months shy of 93, emerged from retirement to ignite citizens to overthrow a shamelessly kleptocratic regime.

13 May 2018
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How press freedom is won

Every year on May 3 – World Press Freedom Day – news producers and consumers pause to reflect on the state of global media.

3 May 2018
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How to negotiate with North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seems to be setting the stage for an historic deal with US President Donald Trump that would allow his country, like Myanmar and Vietnam, to reduce its dependence on China and move closer to the West.

26 April 2018
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The drums of trade war

Last month, US President Donald Trump’s administration fired the opening salvo in what is quickly shaping up to become a full-blown trade war.

25 April 2018
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Asia couldn't quit Facebook even if it wanted to

Indonesia, home to roughly 6 percent of Facebook Inc.'s users, isn't happy with the social-media giant. Officials there are even threatening to shut the service down after its latest egregious privacy scandal.

20 April 2018
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Why China won’t yield to Trump

Last month, US President Donald Trump enacted steel and aluminum tariffs aimed squarely at China. On April 2, China retaliated with tariffs on 128 American products.

18 April 2018
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Facebook and the future of online privacy

Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, recently noted that the public scrutiny of Facebook is “very much overdue,” declaring that “it’s shocking to me that they didn’t have to answer more of these questions earlier on.” Leaders in the information techn

13 April 2018
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Xi's strong hand against Trump

The world will soon witness a historic test of wills between China and the United States, two superpowers whose leaders see themselves as supreme. In the immediate sense, it will be a battle over trade.

12 April 2018
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India’s urban awakening

When the United Kingdom became the first country in the world to undergo large-scale urbanisation in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the process transformed its economy and society.

8 April 2018
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