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Senior Korean diplomat found unconscious with brain bleed in Singapore

Senior Korean diplomat found unconscious with brain bleed in Singapore

One of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s key staffers has collapsed with an apparent brain bleed while the president and state executives were in Singapore for this year’s annual ASEAN Summit. Moon broke the news on Friday.  He said Kim Eun-young, the director-general of the South Asia and Pacific Foreign Affairs Bureau, was found unconscious […]

Turning to Religion: Indonesia’s Widodo Plays the Islamic Card

Turning to Religion: Indonesia’s Widodo Plays the Islamic Card

Back in late 2009, a former military colleague of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was asked whether Indonesia would see the emergence of a new and more dynamic leader now that Yudhoyono was entering a second and mandated final term with nothing to lose and the economy riding the crest of an historic commodity boom. […]

Singapore and Populism

Singapore and Populism

A newspaper columnist who deigned to lecture government ministers for speaking over the head of common folk was, in turn, chided for appealing to populism that is anathema to the ruling People’s Action Party, as it smacks of politics of free lunches. “Ministers, please speak plainly to people” was the thrust of Han Fook Kwang’s […]

A Populist Wind is Blowing on Italy

A Populist Wind is Blowing on Italy

On March 2018, during the last general election, Italy elected a populist government. With the law professor Giuseppe Conte as the head of the coalition cabinet, the far-right League (1989) led by Matteo Salvini and the post-ideological Five Star Movement (2005) led by Luigi Di Maio are running the country. The two parties competed separately […]

Populism in Pakistan: Myth and the Reality

Populism in Pakistan: Myth and the Reality

“Populist promises to reverse every tough decision are nothing but empty rhetoric, irresponsible leadership, and bad politics. They are not the solution to Ireland’s problems”, Enda Kenny, an Irish politician, had once said. His saying could be applied to Pakistan in its entirety if the word ‘Ireland’ is replaced with ‘Pakistan’, where a so-called populist […]

Summit Misdirection: Trump’s North Korea Ploy to Tackle Iran

Summit Misdirection: Trump’s North Korea Ploy to Tackle Iran

US President Donald Trump’s summit meeting on North Korea’s nuclear weapons and his administration’s reversal of the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran negotiated under former President Barack Obama are being treated as separate matters. In this article, I suggest that the two events are related. Trump cares far more about bringing Iran to heel than […]

Books to Read

Books to Read

Along with the last decade’s global trend of liberal retreat and authoritarian ascent, and as authoritarian states — China and Russia in particular — vigorously try to expand their influence across the globe, a new notion of “sharp power” has recently begun to attract attention. This refers to the ability to affect others to obtain […]

Next election coming in 2020, is it a threat to Mongolia’s reviving economy?

Next election coming in 2020, is it a threat to Mongolia’s reviving economy?

Ulaanbaatar — The state budget for 2019, approved by the parliament earlier this month, sees increases in public expenditure, with higher allocation of funds to be spent on wage and pension benefits, and infrastructure projects- mostly construction of schools and kindergartens. These moves – which the finance minister was quick to stress – were aimed […]

South Koreans overuse antibiotics: World Health Organization

South Koreans overuse antibiotics: World Health Organization

Antibiotic consumption is higher in South Korea, compared with most other members of the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries, according to a report revealed Monday. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) report on an overview of consumption of antibiotics around the world shows that South Korea used 27.68 defined daily doses (DDD) per 1,000 […]

K-Trend: Finished Korean college exam? Time for cosmetic ops

K-Trend: Finished Korean college exam? Time for cosmetic ops

  With Korea’s annual College Scholastic Ability Test for high school students and others wishing to go to universities set for this Thursday, many of those sitting tests are likely to have a common post-exam agenda ― getting their looks perked up with cosmetic surgery. The seasonal trend has been popular for years. It is […]

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