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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. Read more about How China is building dominance

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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: Read more about Freedom in a hall of mirrors

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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. Read more about Charlie Hebdo and Free Speech

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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. Read more about A New Year in Yangon

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