Friday, March 7, 2014
The root of the term kleptocracy is the Greek word kleptes, meaning thief. Kleptocracy is a form of government in which officials — the ruling class and the real “elites” — use their office to increase their personal wealth and political power by corruption and embezzlement of state funds. The robbery is done at the expense of the general population, under the false pretense of “democracy,”
As a safe haven for Russian billionaires, London has a lot to lose from mooted international sanctions against Russia over Ukraine — which explains why the British government is being cautious.
A study out this week naming Singapore as the world's most expensive city has become a major talking point around town.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
It may come as a surprise that while Beijing has labeled Sunday's mass killing in the city of Kunming as a terrorist attack by Xinjiang separatists, the Communist Party of China once put its support behind an independent state in China's northwest reaches.
The strong diplomatic protest against China's water-cannon attack on Filipino fishers on Jan. 27 in Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea was followed by an announcement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines that the disputed islet, which Manila claims as Bajo de Masinloc, would now be under the jurisdiction of the Western Command.
Last December, only three days before the Bureaucracy Reform Bill was scheduled to go before the year's final plenary session of Parliament, reformist watchdog Sofian Effendi was shocked to discover 12 discrepancies in the bill, which civil servants had fought tooth and nail to forestall.
Thailand's anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) has apparently retreated from its multiple rally sites in the city of Bangkok, bringing some reprieve to the traffic flow after several weeks of disruptions.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Gary Locke's appointment as U.S. ambassador to China in 2011 triggered huge expectations. His departure last week was marked by an official commentary that used language that demeans a great power and the supposed heirs of an ancient civilization.
In the last 10 days, both Singapore and Hong Kong announced their budgets for 2014/2015. The theme of the Singapore Budget was “Opportunities for the Future, Assurance for our Seniors.”
A brazen and bloody machete attack at a Chinese railway station could herald an ominous change in the violence Beijing blames on separatists from Xinjiang, analysts say, threatening more incidents far beyond the restive region.