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NORTH KOREA: MISSILE SUCCESS, DIPLOMATIC FAILURE

WRITES STEPHEN NOERPER OF THE KOREA SOCIETY — A month and a day after conducting its fourth nuclear test, North Korea launched a multi-stage rocket carrying a 440-pound satellite. The launch of the Taepodong missile defied a United Nations ban, once again placing North Korea in direct defiance of international norms. The UN decried the […]

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CHINA: PLEASE DON’T SHORT US, SOROS!

TOM PLATE WRITES (in the South China Morning Post) — There are more than a few financial figures in PRC circles that no longer trust Western financial advice (or most advisers) any more than they have to. There is a rich, as it were, history, behind the mistrust. And in this, Mr George Soros, no […]

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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE: BBC COMEDY LEGEND DOES ANGELA MERKEL

WRITES ASIA MEDIA – Imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery.  Like Tina Fey of ‘Saturday Night’ who pactically destroys Sarah Pallin with each satirical joust, BBC comic legend Tracey Ullman has now taken on Angela Merkel, the powerhouse German Chancellor. The result is pretty darn funny.   See a clip of Ullman’s […]

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SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOW THE ISIS SHADOW IS GROWING

ROHAN GUNARATNA WRITES FROM SINGAPORE (courtesy of the Pacific Forum CSIS)  –  The so-called Islamic State (IS) is likely to create IS branches in the Philippines and Indonesia in 2016. Although the Indonesian military pre-empted IS plans to declare a satellite state of the “caliphate” in eastern Indonesia, IS is determined to declare such an […]

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JAKARTA: THE FIRES NEXT TIME – THERE ARE MORE TO COME

SINGAPORE-BASED SOUTHEAST ASIA EXPERT DERWIN PEREIRA WRITES (courtesy of the Business Times of Singapore) — The terrorist attack in Jakarta last week achieved little but foretells much. It signifies the renewal of an implacable religious insurgency that could cost Indonesia and the rest of the region dearly. From the point of view of the Islamic […]

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SINGAPORE: BEST NEW BOOK ON THE ‘REAL’ UN!

ASIA MEDIA WRITES: Singapore has been marking the 50th anniversary of its independence in many distinctive ways. One is with the launch of a book on the United Nations – on the 70th anniversary of its founding — that needs to be added to the short list of truly great books about the UN. Titled […]

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CHINA AND TRUMP: HOW HE USES IT

TOM PLATE WRITES (IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST) – At times China and its ways are viewed from America as if little has changed. One of those times is now. This is our quadrennial U.S. presidential campaign season. Sometimes it is our silliest season. One spurious claim about China recently marinated into a campaign […]

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FRANCE: EXTERNAL THREAT … OR INTERNAL CONDITION?

ERISA TAKEDA WRITES FROM PARIS – Everyone already knows what happened on the night of the night of November 13th in Paris. Social media, despite its questionable reliability, was the first to spread the word so widely about the horrible attacks. Instead of dwelling on this tragedy, I would like to share with you the […]

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LONDON: Putting a Bit of English Spin on China Policy

(This article appears in the South China Morning Post print editions as Dealing with China) TOM PLATE WRITES – Let us recall that almost two decades ago, a cocky William Jefferson Clinton, then president of a country but two-centuries-plus old, bluntly informed Jiang Zemin that his country, of many millennia, with a memory constructed, like […]

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LOS ANGELES, ASIA MEDIA: PUNDIT/PROF PAVIN DELIVERS PENETRATING PITCH ON THAILAND

The famous Southeast Asian, media commentator and political analyst “Pavin” visited LMU Friday (8 Oct.) to offer informal but deeply informed observations about the politics and government of contemporary Thailand. He was not optimistic that the current government could succeed; nor was he optimistic that a new government could easily and relatively quickly be formed. […]

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A VERY SPECIAL JESUIT

Asia Media International Founder Tom Plate writes: The transcendent leader will offer real-life visions that rise well above the mundane without losing sight of the ground. Hunger is real; living without a roof over one’s head is real; feeling worthless as a human being is as real as it gets. This past week, especially in […]

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