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And I have been traveling and unable to update this blog space in the last few weeks.  There will be more occasional posts over the summer months, and then we will pick up the pace again in September.

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For Refugees. Silence is a Death Sentence

As Southeast Asian countries meet today, May 29, in Thailand to try to address the crisis of the Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, I think it's important we not lose sight of the human aspect to this tragedy.  That was the point of my May 22 "Inside Edge" column in The Edge Review. For those who don't read The Edge Review online, you are missing the premier magazine covering Southeast Asia.  And I'll paste my column here.

For Refugees, Silence is a Death Sentence

©The Edge Review

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Where are the US presidential candidates on China?

Watching the US presidential election unfolding from the vantage point of Asia can at times seem a little disheartening.  There's very little discussion among the candidates and potential candidates of the real challenges facing America here in the Pacific, just bombast and sound bites.  And this, despite the fact that China's rise, and its new assertiveness in the South China Sea, is arguably the most important foreign policy challenge the next president will face.

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All the president's kin

Here's my latest piece from The Edge Review, looking at dynastic rule across Asia --with an obvious eye to our own political lineup in the US, which may very well end up with a Bush running against a Clinton next year.  Here's my take, and let me know your comments.

All the presidents' kin
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The rise and fall of the weibo army

Greetings from Beijing, where one of the most fascinating developments in the time since I left, in 2013, has been how public conversation and debate has migrated away from the once-ubiquitous weibo sites over to more intimate platforms, like WeChat.  Chinese here say that for a period, weibo was like the public plaza, where people gathered to hear and exchange views.  But because of the crackdown on free expression under President Xi Jinping, that conversation has moved into private living rooms, and is held only among close friends and family.

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Endgame for China's leaders? Who knows

Here's my latest column from The Edge Review, on a fascinating debate taking place among China-watchers on the future of the Communist regime.  Read the piece, and tell me your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Selma's Lesson for Asia

Last weekend, I watched the moving commemoration of the Selma, Alabama civil rights march of 1965 from the vantage point of Southeast Asia, and I began to think of the parellels -- and how the battle for justice and equality still goes on.  Here's the piece I wrote in my "Inside Edge" column for this week's edition of The Edge Review.  Please feel free to add your comments below.

 

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Selma's lesson for autocratic Asian

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ASEAN needs to start combating ISIS

Here's my latest piece from The Edge Review, on why ASEAN needs to start taking the threat from the Islamic State, or ISIS, more seriously -- and join the US in the battle.

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Will Myanmar's messy reform process work? History says yes

Following is my piece on Myanmar's democratic transition, just published (2/10/2015) by the Nikkei Asian Review. I invite you to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

©Nikkei Asian Review

Is Myanmar on an unstoppable path to political reform, peace and democracy that will culminate later this year in a free election likely to bring the opposition to power?

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Let me know your thoughts about this piece. Keith

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China bets on a nuclear future

©The Edge Review

The meltdown in 2011 at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility led to an extremely rare occurrence next door in China: the ruling Communist Party briefly bowed to public opinion.


Fear of radiation drifting from the crippled power station across the sea ran so high that in Shanghai, residents caused a run on pharmacies, stocking up on iodine tablets and face masks. Airport and seaport customs officials began radiation checks on goods and people arriving from Japan. In Heilongjiang province, authorities began testing radiation levels in the air.

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How China is building dominance

China is in the midst of an infrastructure building boom.  And it's not just the highways, dams, airports and high-speed rail lines being built at home.  China is exporting its construction know-how around the world, including building and financing some 300 dam projects, including an estimated 100 dams in Africa. In Southeast Asia, there are Chinese plans for a high-speed train that will link Southern China to the ASEAN countries all the way south to Singapore.

Where is the U.S.A. in all of this? Way, way behind.

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Freedom in a hall of mirrors

Here's my piece from the latest Edge Review on free speech and the importance of satire, in the wake of the Charle Hebdo attack in Paris.  The entire Jan 16 issue of The Edge Review is devoted to free speech, repression and political cartooning in Southeast Asia, so I invite you all to have a look -- download the app and subscribe!  And also, make sure to see my interview on this topic with Al Jazeera; in case you missed it, the link is:

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Again the question, how many cartoon Jesus's have we seen without the fear of retribution by those of the Christian faith? It was a cartoon for heaven's sake, no more serious than Mad Magazine!

Very good! Keep up the edifying and worldly discourse. JS

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Charlie Hebdo and Free Speech

I was on Al Jazeera English today, 14 January 2015, from Bangkok, where I was speaking about the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and the paper's decision to print a new edition with a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad on the front cover.

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A New Year in Yangon

Greetings, and thanks for returning to this blog space.

And if you are a newcomer, thank for checking it out, and I hope you come back.

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