(ORIGINALLY POSTED ON SCMP) COLUMNIST TOM PLATE WRITES — For no self-respecting ‘superpower’ is failure an option. But history’s guarantees for nations are few: For big as well as small, survival can prove a struggle. And so, while humility might not be ranked as the first virtue of prudent superpower-ing,…Full Article US PROTESTS: TRUMP AND US SHOULD FOCUS ON GEORGE FLOYD RATHER THAN HK AND TIANANMEN
ALEXANDRA RADILALEH WRITES– Thirty-one years after an unlikely relationship, Pham Ngoc Canh, a Vietnamese man, and Ru Yong Hui, a North Korean woman, were finally married in 2002, when North Korea allowed Ru to marry a foreigner. Now, almost two decades later, the couple sees hope that their two countries’…Full Article “Location, Location, Location!” Hanoi to Host DPRK-US Summit meeting
PATRICK POLESHUK WRITES — In a cutthroat economic environment in which trading is perceived as a zero-sum game, the placement of tariffs on roughly $250 billion worth of Chinese goods is merely perceived as keeping things fair. President Trump has held to this view since his 2017 ascension to office,…Full Article CHINA: Is China First to Fall Victim to Trump’s Trade War?
KAISARA WALTON WRITES — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to China some six weeks ago certainly set a positive tone internationally. At the same time, though, it marked China’s continual growth on the world stage. That’s good for Japan, and China, perhaps. But shouldn’t the United States be concerned?…Full Article JAPAN: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Visit to China – A Foreshadowing of the Future
TOM PLATE WRITES – Next week, it now seems, the American President will be in Singapore, along with the North Korean leader. Both are famously quirky. Is Lee worried? We pay a call on the city-state’s prime minister, host of a monster summit that – on the off-chance all goes…Full Article SINGAPORE: PM LEE ON THE SUMMIT, SINO-U.S. RELATIONS, TRUMP AND TARIFFS, INDONESIA – AND CATHOLIC EDUCATION
ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – To support or not to support, that is the question when it comes to U.S. President Donald Trump’s 12-day visit to Asia. Nowhere is that more true than in South Korea. As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue, many South Koreans have taken…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: A DIVIDED NATION ON TRUMP AND NORTH KOREA
DYLAN RAMOS WRITES— On Monday, October 2nd, the leader of Thailand’s military junta, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, came to Washingto to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump. While the president was honoring yet another authoritarian leader with an invitation to the White House, the junta’s Attorney General was charging former Prime…Full Article THAILAND: PRAYUT DIGS AT SHINAWATRAS, EMBRACES TRUMP
SHIRI FISHMAN WRITES – On September 11, 2017 Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, embarked on a 10 day trip visiting foreign leaders in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. This marks the first time in the history of Israel that a sitting Prime Minister has ever visited South America. Netanyahu had previously…Full Article ISRAEL: LIKE TRUMP, NETANYAHU COMPLAINS ABOUT THE MEDIA AFTER FIRST VISIT FROM AN ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER TO SOUTH AMERICA
SEBASTIAN SEGURA-ACOSTA WRITES – On September 20th, renowned actor, Morgan Freeman, became the recent victim of Kremlin criticism after making a video calling for an investigation of Russia’s confirmed cyber-meddling in U.S. affairs. Soon after the video went live, social media bots, paid trolls, and the uninformed public ravaged the…Full Article RUSSIA: FACEBOOK PLANS TO RELEASE OVER 3,000 RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA ADS
ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES –Turns out, if there’s one place that U.S. President Donald Trump can count on for a warm welcome, it’s Saudi Arabia. As unlikely as that seemed at the height of last year’s presidential election, the Middle Eastern kingdom welcomed Trump with open arms on his recent visit.…Full Article SAUDI ARABIA: SAUDI MEDIA FEEL THE LOVE FOR TRUMP
Asia Media International Founder Tom Plate was interviewed Friday Nov, 4 by the Associated Press of Australia about the coming U.S. national elections Tuesday. The key question was, obviously, the probable effect of a Trump victory as compared to a Clinton victory. Said Plate, a columnist for the South China…Full Article AUSTRALIA: WHAT DO AMERICANS THINK?
LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States and proposed changes to the country’s immigration and visa policies. While millions of his supporters have cheered the proposal, most Democrats and even many top Republican figures have opposed…Full Article PAKISTAN: Is Trump Unnerving 453,000 Pakistani Immigrants in the U.S.?