The targeted killings of journalists, the suffocating censorship in many countries and the widening governmental controls on media activities characterize the contemporary media landscape in large parts of the world. And add the ghastly shock effect of beheadings of journalists in the Middle East by Islamic State or the barbaric attacks in the heart of Paris against the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, or the pervasive intimidation against the investigative press in Mexico by drug lords, and the picture becomes more alarming.
2015/5/2, 6 Comments
Going into business internationally has never been easier thanks to the evolution of e-commerce. It might be simple to set up websites, source or make products, then start taking online orders -- but what happens next? Are small businesses ready for the many customs hurdles ahead?
Uncertainties linger and many questions remain unanswered as the drafting of the new constitution enters its final stage and time runs out on this post-coup government's term in power.
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the historic Bandung Conference and the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
2015/5/1, 1 Comment
The strengthening U.S.-Japan alliance is posing a strategic dilemma for South Korea as its relations with Tokyo show no signs of improving, while the need for security cooperation over North Korea's military threats rises.
Eighty-two years after the great 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake that registered a magnitude of 8.2, Nepal was struck by a magnitude 7.8 (as measured by the United States Geological Survey) quake on April 25.
The Hong Kong Government's political reform package, unveiled last week, contained few surprises. But there are some positive features.
When news of Nepal's earthquake broke on Saturday, my first thoughts turned to the many Nepalis I met on my two trips there.
It will be an interesting time this October when the mainland reveals its trump card. And when it does so, it might lead to a wake-up call for the global financial markets.
2015/4/28, 1 Comment
A few weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States, two al-Qaida operatives arrived separately in Singapore to start scouting for targets.