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Western Imperialism?

IslandsSouth China Sea has become a hot potato ever since China started its reclamation project on the islands whose ownership has been under contention by several nations: Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, and China. It had since provided explosive fodder for the political tussles that may turn into an ugly military conflict. Strangely, the conflict is not between China and these contentious nations, but with the USA located some 12,000 km away. Read the rest of this entry »

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beggarsThe streets are littered with beggars. The sight is not pretty. It is not just Calcutta. There are other slums like the notorious Smokey Mountain in Manila. They are everywhere if you care to look. In the streets of prosperous nations too. Los Angeles – New York, Sydney, London, Paris. You see them there although they may be not as ugly and obvious as in some parts of third world countries. But they are there, sometimes hidden from sight because people have become apathetic and immune to them. At some point in life, you asked and screamed at God at the abject moral travesty of man. Why – God?  Then a voice whispered from the bowels of your deep —- Read the rest of this entry »

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Tweeting Diplomacy

tweet1How much has the world of politics changed since social media took on traditional mass media? The modus operandi for communication by most politicians is via an official channel that is highly controlled by a team of professional script writers and spokesmen. Every word is scrutinised for political correctness. It’s pure political masquerade. They call that ensuring “political correctness”. In essence, the official words of political leaders may or may not be his words. They are words written for him by professionals and could be dictated by powers that are beyond him. But things are beginning to change.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Quack Quack, Tweeter is Dead

quack@POTUS: товарищ Putin, stop stalking me. We want to be friends.
@theRealPutin: I did not, that’s fake news.
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@POTUS: Xi 同志, stop your military build up in South China Sea.
@POTUS: South China Sea belongs to the world, we are just protecting freedom to navigate. You cannot just build islands out of sand banks.
…… Silence
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Hollywood & Politics

hollywood-global-warming-save-planet-political-cartoonHollywood is all about make belief. It provides a platform for creating entertainment. Hollywood products entertain, create illusion and sometimes numb the soul from the drudgery of mundane life. Often, the euphoria of such entertainment is temporal, as it should be. Occasionally they become addictive such as Star Wars which evolved into an industry of its own. Politics is the antithesis of Hollywood. It is about people and reality. Like oil and water, politics and Hollywood belongs to two worlds that will never mix. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fake News

fakenewsThe latest buzz phrase emanating from Yankee press is “fake news”. Have you ever wondered when you first heard of “fake news”. Indeed, not until recently did this “fake ” craze came into our daily vernacular. So what is so special about fake news? When did news become real or fake? Have you ever wondered?

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Who Else is Broke?

rico_3396602bWe heard that Greece is broke. No one wants to utter this taboo word. Greece’s ex-Finance Minsiter Yanis Varoufakis was brave enough to shout to the world that Greece is bankrupt. Brave men never last long in their jobs. Yanis resigned soon after. We also hear Japan, EU (minus Germany), USA and many other first world countries are also broke. They survived for now simply because they just print money that they don’t have. Of course there are better words to use in place of “bankrupt”. QE and Abenomics sound much more sophisticated and professional. Still, a spade is a spade. Read the rest of this entry »

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More MH370 Parts?

indexThe jig-saw puzzle suspense continues to build up. Another piece of potential MH370 part suddenly showed up. Unlike the previous 2-meter long debris, which is covered with some barnacles, this one appears different. No trace of prolonged submersion under sea water is evident. It looks more like a rather “brand new” part hastily dumped some 25 km away from where the first part was found(just like the other almost new part that was reported found previously, read “A Boeing 777 Part – So What?“). Now, the mystery deepens. At the rate, is not difficult to speculate that more little parts and puzzles will continue to appear in due time. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Boeing 777 Part – So What?

_84565572_8bed3b64-b5c5-44dc-9194-febe1e9b0ca6On 14 March 2014, a Malaysian Boeing 777 went missing during a MH370 flight. Mysteries surrounded that fated disappearance (read “MH370 Once More“). Theories as to why the massive airliner just vanished were abound. None could be nearer the truth. Suffice to say that official speculation was that it went off course to somewhere west of Australia. Australian Prime Ministered vowed that the search will go on until it is found. The search went silent, until yesterday. Perhaps this piece of “evidence” brings closure to this vow that may otherwise be unfulfilled. Read the rest of this entry »

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Never Ending Greece

400x225_309590After months of grueling battles between the Troika and Greece, another chapter has come to a close. Alexis Tsipras caved in to the Troika’s demands. Outwardly, the Troika seems triumphant on the back of Merkel’s iron fist. Whether it was Merkel that won the battle or the surreptitious hands of powerful banksters is still a matter of conjecture. The bankers cannot allow Greece to default at this moment as the domino effect on trillions of derivatives will take the whole financial system down. The can has to be dribbled again down the road until the opportune moment. Read the rest of this entry »

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