Regional Outlook, Global Perspective

What political miracle did former and now current Malaysian Prime Minister create on May 6? Not only did he come back after 15 years of political retirement following 22 years of service as Prime Minister at the age of 92. More importantly, Mahathir put the brakes on 60 years of the Barisan Nasional hegemony in a sensational electoral upset. The defeated coalition was run by Najib Razak who comes from a long line of politicians and was backed by Mahathir after he sent Deputy PM Anwar Ibrahim of... Read more...

China became a diplomatic superpower when strongman Xi Jinping tamed US President Trump, converting his intense grievances toward the number one economic superpower to outright admiration. The United States is increasingly turning to China in its campaign to denuclearize North Korea. China has taken advantage of its strategic role in the Korean negotiations to silently continue its agenda to fortify three islands in the South China Sea. The program includes sophisticated weapon systems includin... Read more...

Famed rapper Kanye West multiplied his controversy value with his tweets in support of President Trump. Then his dismissive remark that ‘400-year slavery is really about choice’ blew away rational reaction. The ensuing social media storm aroused fellow rapper, Chance the Rapper. But behind the visible issues, the remarkable thing is that they both went against identity politics in a big way. Chance the Rapper expressed it clearly: Black people don’t have to be democrats. Whether or not... Read more...

Not too long ago, two former presidents, Brazil’s Luis Inácio Lula da Silva and South Korea’sPark Geun-hye, were convicted of corruption and sentenced to long prison sentences. President Lula is now serving a 12-year sentence in a prison he opened when he held office. Meanwhile former Park Geun-hye is serving a 24-year prison sentence for abuse of power and corruption, exposing a widely-suspected web of collusion between political leaders and conglomerates in South Korea. Could all this ha... Read more...