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krugman’s wisdom

January 16, 2009


If only President-elect Barack Obama had the magnanimity to give Princeton professor Paul Krugman a job in his cabinet. Krugman, a leading light in international trade and economics who recently received a Nobel Prize in Economics, wrote a scathing and courageous column in today’s New York Times. In taking on a topic no one on […]

thaksin touches down on thai soil

February 28, 2008


The Thai powers-that-be must be regretting slapping corruption and other charges on former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, paving a way for his triumphant return to his homeland yesterday. After a military coup deposed of him 17 months ago, Thaksin had gone into self-imposed exile, living in London and Hong Kong, declaring that he was done […]

white house, blackwater

October 31, 2007


At this juncture when things are going downhill at a faster pace than the Bush administration can take a breather and when it needs the support of Congress to remain in Iraq more than ever, why did it stupidly allow the State Department to grant immunity to the Blackwater security personnel in the case under […]

hello kitty, goodbye bad cops?

August 7, 2007


Does shame really work as a deterrent? Perhaps in Asian societies, it would both be a deterrent, and a negative incentive, to behave. Or at least not to get caught. At least that’s the thinking of the new Thai acting chief of the Crime Suppression Unit in Bangkok. In an acknowledgment that the police forces […]

thaksin’s thai trial

June 18, 2007


Deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is mad and he is fighting back. And he will soon be making a bold, even risky, move. Thaksin said he would go back to Thailand to fight a case that the military government, which ousted him in a coup last September, will soon be filing against him. The […]

china and safety

June 7, 2007


It had to happen sooner or later, and for China, it’s finally waking up to the ugly realities of the danger of its production methods, especially in the area of food and medication. The past few months have exposed an embarrassing but chilling series of food and product safety neglect by China’s manufacturers. First there […]

memorial day

May 28, 2007


While we celebrate Memorial Day with our backyard barbecues, I thought I’d share this poignant, heartfelt and devastating commentary by a father who’s lost a son in the Iraq war, first published in the Washington Post. ________________________________________________________________________ I Lost My Son to a War I Oppose. We Were Both Doing Our Duty. By Andrew J. […]