Leadership

Southeast Asia’s newest nation faces an election that could make or break its future

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With much of the population living in poverty and oil wealth running dry, Timor-Leste’s upcoming elections could be the public’s most important decision since… David Hutt South East Asia Globe “Our people need money,” said then-President Xanana Gusmão the day after Timor-Leste gained independence from Indonesia in… Southeast Asia’s newest… Read More »

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

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Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack… MICHIKO KAKUTANI The New York Times Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr. Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the… Obama’s Secret to… Read More »

South Korean political crisis escalates as Samsung chief awaits notice of arrest

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Seoul:  South Korean prosecutors will decide on Monday whether the head of Samsung Group, the country’s biggest conglomerate, should be arrested as an influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached President Park Geun-hye’s government gained… Canberra Times Reuters Samsung Group chief Jay Y Lee was held overnight on… South Korean political… Read More »

Hong Kong’s Lam and Tsang get nod to run in chief executive race

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Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Financial Secretary John Tsang stepped down to run for the chief executive… BENNY KUNG Asia Times China approved the resignations of two leading government officials in Hong Kong, allowing the duo to run for the top job of the… Hong Kong’s Lam… Read More »

Indonesia’s police deny they are afraid to tackle hardline Islamic leader

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Jakarta: About 5000 members of the Islam Defenders’ Front (FPI) turned up outside Indonesian police headquarters on Monday morning, to demand the removal of West Java’s police… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies Brisbane Times But if the group, once considered fringe radicals, have become increasingly vocal, it is… Indonesia’s police deny… Read More »

CIA chief calls Trump Nazi Germany comparison ‘outrageous’

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‘There is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly,’ John Brennan… By CRISTIANO LIMA Politico CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said President-elect Donald Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community’s handling of… CIA chief calls… Read More »

Turkey’s Relentless Attack on the Press

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It should come as no surprise that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey would praise Donald Trump for refusing to talk to a CNN reporter at a news… THE EDITORIAL BOARD The New York Times For years, Mr. Erdogan has been crushing independent voices as part of a broader effort to assert authoritarian control. Earlier this month, the… Turkey’s Relentless Attack… Read More »

Trump’s man Tillerson stays blunt as hearing turns tasty

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Washington: – Secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson called U.S. intelligence findings of Russian interference in the presidential election “troubling” on Wednesday but said he has not yet seen classified information about allegations that Russia intended to… Ed O’Keefe and Anne Gearan The Age The Washington Post Tillerson, the former top executive at ExxonMobil, also declined to… Trump’s man Tillerson… Read More »

Unlike Obama, Trump will be a more reliable ally, Turkish leadership believes

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President Erdoğan implicitly called on the upcoming U.S. administration to be transparent with Turkey, while reiterating Ankara’s willingness to repair ties with the U.S. which soured during the Obama administration particularly over disagreements on the… MEHMET ÇELIK Daily Sabah Ankara has restated its hope to… Unlike Obama, Trump… Read More »

With Barack Obama’s exit the US is losing a saint. But a sinner may make a better president

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If a good man like Barack Obama fails to deliver on his promises, is it inevitable that a bad man like Donald Trump will do worse? Simon Jenkins The Guardian Does a good man make a good president – and a bad man a bad one? Barack Obama’s leaving speech in… With Barack Obama’s exit the… Read More »

A Sanctions Skeptic for State?

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What Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearings revealed Siddhartha Mahanta The Atlantic Read More »

Obama pushes values and prods Trump in final, emotional address

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With a final call of his campaign mantra “Yes We Can,” U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans on Jan. 10 to stand up for U.S. values and reject discrimination as the United States transitions to the presidency of… Hurriyet In an… Obama pushes values… Read More »

Turkish foreign minister: Turkey deserves better from the United States

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America’s friends and allies are watching closely to gauge how America will reposition itself globally once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on… By Mevlut Cavusoglu The Washington Post And for good reason. Mevlut Cavusoglu is the Turkish foreign minister. Our collective security is,,, Turkish foreign minister… Read More »

European Parliament presidential debate: as it happened

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POLITICO’s debate between the MEPs seeking to replace Martin Schulz. Politico  Live coverage of POLITICO’s European Parliament presidential debate between the seven candidates running to take over from outgoing President Martin Schulz on… European Parliament presidential… Read More »

Don’t Be Fooled—Rex Tillerson Hasn’t Separated From ExxonMobil

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It looks like the company has left a back door open for Tillerson’s return. By George Zornick The Nation Rex Tillerson’s nomination to be secretary of state in December raised an immediate and clear conflict of interest: As the… Don’t Be Fooled… Read More »

Stamping out political rorts requires a cultural change, not more bodies to police it

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Calls for a federal Independent Commission against Corruption-like body are growing following Health Minister Sussan Ley standing aside while several of her travel entitlement claims are investigated. Adam Graycar  The Conversation However, a federal ICAC will not solve the… Stamping out political… Read More »