July 31, 2018

What do Kim Jong-Un and Duterte have to learn from Mugabe’s fall?

I happened to be in South Africa when the word came, late last month, that a de facto military coup was underway next door in Zimbabwe, which […]
July 31, 2018

What would trump think about Kong Kong football fans booing the Chinese anthem?

Unless you follow American football, you may not have been aware of a strange form of protest taking place before the games. Some players have chosen to […]
July 31, 2018

North korea nuclear crisis Trump vs ‘rocket man’: what if North Korea is the problem, not Kim?

It’s on. Not a nuclear conflict on the Korean Peninsula, thank goodness. But an old-fashioned, trash-talking smackdown between two nuclear-armed adversaries. In the one corner, we have […]
July 31, 2018

Why hong kong was glad to see the back of ‘white coolies’

Late on the morning of Hong Kong’s first day under Chinese rule, following an evening of fireworks, pageantry and a torrential downpour, the streets were strangely quiet […]
July 31, 2018

How Hong Kong handover blinded media to story of the decade

Exactly two decades ago, at the beginning of July, 1997, Asia was shaken by a seismic event that upended the established order and sent ripple effects still […]
July 31, 2018

Opinion: if only nixon could go to china, can only Trump go to North Korea?

The “Nixon-to-China” trope has, over the past four decades, come to mean that only a politician with unquestioned credentials could make a sharp policy U-turn against their […]
July 31, 2018

First 100 days of president Trump: like a drunk stumbling down a highway

The first impression of the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency begins with a question: has it really only been 100 days? There’s been such a frenzy of […]
July 31, 2018

Trump’s media war: straight from the playbook of communist China

President Donald Trump, in his first speech to a joint session of Congress last Tuesday night, managed to project a softer, more sober tone after his chaotic first […]
February 26, 2017

Will the Trump White House Defend Press Freedom Abroad?

By Keith B. Richburg, February 26, 2017 (This article first appeared in Nieman Reports, Februry 23, 2017. ©Nieman Reports) In the late 1980s, I found myself banned […]