Anyone who thinks he can predict the future of Asian finance has to know first how the real Asian economy will be doing. Projections of the future, based on past data, are notoriously inaccurate. But there are general scenarios that we can paint about the mega-trends in the global economy that will certainly shape what will happen to Asia.
Who wouldn't be moved at the sight of women, children and the elderly in the stream of refugees taking the ultimate risk, defying death itself in rickety boats or in enclosed, steaming chicken lorries, making a desperate dash for survival with a blank future in sight and the faintest hope to cling to?
Few Indonesians will know of Australia's new prime minister. But one thing is sure, few will miss the departing Tony Abbott.
Everyone with a conscience worries about the poor. This is natural. When we see a poor person, our immediate reaction is usually wanting to help. It is a natural tendency to help those who have less than us.
There are three reasons why Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders must pay serious attention to the outcome of the most anticipated state visit by mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his summit with U.S. President Barack Obama later this month. Their tete-a-tete will have far-reaching repercussions in the region, coming at a time of rising tension between the world's two most powerful nations.
North Korea has been hardening its rhetoric against President Park Geun-hye's policy drive for reunification as Seoul intensifies diplomatic efforts to drum up international support amid Pyongyang's deepening isolation.
It seemed so simple at the time: the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan removed the ruling Taliban expeditiously. The ragtag band that ran Kabul was no match for the world's sole superpower.
It is becoming difficult to tell where the Pakistan State Bank stands on some of the biggest economic issues facing the country today.
Although hundreds of nameless refugees from Africa and the Middle East have perished in the Mediterranean in the last year, the world will never forget the image of three-year-old, cute and well-dressed Aylan Kurdi in a red shirt and blue pants, whose body was lying face down in the sand of Bodrum in Turkey. He died last week along with his mother and five-year-old brother. Everybody seems to have said everything possible on this tragic death. Don't we have anything new to add to the story? Of course we have.
When the silent majority in Singapore speaks, it roars.