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A CERTAIN Kim Jong Nam from North Korea who, shall we say, possessed a very special family background, died at a Malaysian airport under suspicious and highly disturbing circumstances, causing an international uproar. Over the past three weeks or so, the ongoing investigation into Kim’s death also shed light on…

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I WOULD like to elaborate further on the scourge of corruption, especially in developing countries. I am often of the opinion that as the income levels of both government officials and normal citizens rise, and their livelihoods have improved correspondingly, their determination to root out corruption would similarly be strengthened.…

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“INSPIRED” by the recent conviction of Hong Kong’s former chief executive, Donald Tsang, of misusing public office for personal gain, I have again been thinking a bit about the perennial issue of corruption. In more advanced societies such as Hong Kong, there are very stringent rules in place to deter…

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WHEN Donald Trump assumed the United States presidency, he wasted almost no time using his power to issue so-called executive orders to overturn some of the previous Obama administration’s policies and also to “fulfill” some of the political promises he made during his presidential campaign. In the American political system,…

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US PRESIDENT Donald Trump appears to have aggregated one contradiction after another onto his administration even in the short time that it has been in power. Let’s take as an example his strong objection to free trade and American investments overseas, which have long been touted as essential elements of…

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LAST week we started to review US President Donald Trump’s inaugural address, which repeatedly emphasized returning power to the people. That in and of itself could perhaps not be faulted, as the complaint that American political power has over time centralized too much in Washington has long been coming. Both…

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IT’S official – the seemingly invincible Donald Trump has finally become the American President. The various speculations as to what he would proclaim as his administration’s policies will also be reviewed in the near future. And Trump’s inaugural address, while falling far short as a blueprint for his policy implementation,…

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DONALD Trump looks set to assume the American presidency later this week. He waged an unprecedented presidential election campaign over the last year. Having become the Republican presidential candidate, nominee and now president-elect, Trump appears to share at most some abstract political concepts with the Republican Party, such as heightened…

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LAST week I shared my perspective on how world events might unfold in 2017, and was at best only cautiously optimistic about the prospects of economic development, while being decidedly pessimistic about the further spread of terrorism. If we look back on Asia, the continued economic doldrums plaguing the United…

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AS we step into a new year, some congratulatory greetings are perhaps in season. But I have been brooding over the holidays, and as I peeped ahead into the global outlook over the coming year, joys simply did not rush into my mind. The best I can offer to everyone…

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