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These last few days the old Star Trek saying, "resistance is futile," comes to mind -- helped probably by the latest, and I have to say commendable, escapades of the USS Enterprise on the big screen.
A few days ago, I sat down with Dwight Hutchins, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore, to discuss the chamber's 2017 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey. Published in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and conducted on behalf of companies from a nation that is the largest investor in Southeast Asia, the document makes for interesting reading.
One week after the launch of little, well-known monsters in an augmented reality gaming application called "Pokemon Go" in Thailand, the Thai junta has been on alert to tackle them as a peace and order situation.
In the coming days, until Aug. 21, more than 3 billion people worldwide will watch on their televisions or online through live streaming the spectacular performance of 10,500 athletes from 206 countries competing in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Among the many tragedies that have afflicted Karachi over the decades -- such as crime, terrorism and urban blight -- the city's solid waste problem is assuming crisis proportions.
Dedicated analysts, casual observers and of course politicians are struggling to decipher the outcome of Sunday's referendum in Thailand, in which a majority of voters backed the draft constitution and agreed that military-nominated senators should be allowed to help elected MPs choose the prime minister for at least five years.
Queen Elizabeth I had a subtle way of bleeding her English nobility of their wealth. Periodically, she would invite herself with her ponderous court to stay at their homes, living at their expense until she moved to the castle of another victim. For her, it was cost-effective; for her hosts, ruinous.
The last few weeks have been tough on the environment of Hong Kong as the local beaches, coasts and harbors have been covered by waves of sea debris of dubious origins. Such trash has no doubt jeopardized the local marine biology, our coasts and, let's say it, people's leisure time.
We live in an age where, by means of a single social media post, the reputations of innocent people can easily -- and instantly -- be destroyed or damaged. All it takes is a name, a face, and a caption.
Today, one of Turkey's greatest modern poets wrote about his wife in verses composed in his prison cell in 1945, presumably anticipating a visit: "Nazim Hikmet's woman must be beautiful/ Like a rebel flag ..." Last Sunday, one could have been fooled into thinking that a vast meeting space in Istanbul was awash with rebel flags.
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