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Asia’s houses of the holy

In the 1960s, “The Orient” captured a new interest among the post-World War II Beat Generation as the lures of Zen Buddhism, Indian music, Thai weed and related mind-altering experiences rippled through the hip communities of the West.  While young American GIs were fighting the Vietnam War, more peaceable folks were donning backpacks and heading […]

Posted inNorth-South Korea

Moon’s right-hand man former friend to the North

This article was originally published May 14, 2017. Im Jong-seok has now been mentioned as President’s Moon’s possible nominee for the post of unification minister. As US investigators hunkered down last week to investigate whether US President Donald Trump’s election campaign colluded with a hostile government, South Korea’s new president was appointing a right-hand man […]

Posted inAT Financial

Asia Times Financial launches news service, China domestic bond index

Asia Times Financial (ATF) today launched news and index services – notably the Asia Times Financial China Bond 50 Index – to provide expert, fast and accurate narratives about key Asian credit markets. The ATF China Bond 50 Index is a product created by the collaborative strength of Capital Link International and its partners: media platform ATF and […]

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Moscow meet brings Taliban closer to international legitimacy 

The meeting in Moscow of 10 regional states and Taliban officials on Wednesday produced an outcome that by far exceeded expectations. The salience of the consensus opinion is fourfold, as reflected in the joint statement issued after the event:  Regional recognition that the Taliban government is a compelling “reality”; It is through constructive engagement that […]

Posted inGeopolitics

The world according to Vladimir Putin

The plenary session is the traditional highlight of the annual, must-follow Valdai Club discussions – one of Eurasia’s premier intellectual gatherings.               Vladimir Putin is a frequent keynote speaker. In Sochi this year, as I related in a previous column, the overarching theme was “global shake-up in the 21st century: the individual, values and the state.” Putin addressed it head on, […]

Posted inPhilippines

Nowhere worse to be than Covid-ravaged Philippines

MANILA – Despite a series of lockdowns and some of the most stringent social distancing measures worldwide, the Philippines is still consistently ranked among the global laggards in Covid-19 management. According to Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking, the Southeast Asian country is the “worst place” in the world to be during the pandemic, owing to President […]

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Biden encircling while engaging Putin

Moscow butted the grand old trans-Atlantic alliance in the chest on Monday with the Foreign Ministry announcing that it will suspend the NATO military liaison mission with effect from November 1 and recall the accreditation of its staff in response to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s decision to withdraw the accreditation of eight Russian diplomats. […]

Posted inNorth Korea

Kim Jong Un scored with a Covid-19 Hail Mary pass

Around the world, many nations are examining the overall impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. North Korea, however, maintains that although it has tested people – 42,095 of them, as of October 11 – zero cases have been confirmed within its borders. According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement early in the pandemic, North Korea’s ability to maintain zero cases […]

Posted inNorth Korea

N Korea rattles from walking skeletons, not sabers

It’s probably no coincidence that North Korea’s test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Tuesday came just as the country’s military was reported to have begun investigating soldiers’ “nutritional status.” After all, if the “human bullets” who have vowed to protect the leader are getting so few calories it affects their readiness to fight, it […]