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How to be a smart city (technology not included)
What makes a smart nation smart? This might seem like a stupid question, but it's worth asking, now that a brand-new agency has been set up to make...
The worst jobs in politics today
I COULDN'T ignore the e-mail inviting me to meet the person "with the worst job in global politics". He wasn't a world leader or a central bank governor. His name is...
Poor succession system behind purges in China
THE downfall of Zhou Yongkang, formerly the ninth most powerful man in China, illustrates vividly that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has failed to install an...
Time for Indonesia to re-look energy sources
AS DEBATE over rising fuel prices rages across Indonesia, its newly installed government will have to start work immediately on a much more critical issue for long-term...
Down Under but no longer isolated from pall of terror
We Australians liked being cut off from craziness.Australia's remoteness is, for those of us who live there, possibly the greatest thing about it....

Op-Ed

On the third floor of the City of Dreams casino in Macau, private VIP saloons for high rollers are...
 
My rented car comes to a halt along a dusty, derelict village road lined by small stores hawking...
 
EVEN for a country like Pakistan, ravaged by terrorism for the last 14 years, the Taleban attack on...
 

Blogs

IT wasn’t just the “road rage” that turned the owner of a bottle recycling firm into the...
 
I was born in the same year Sesame Street premiered on television, and I had always wanted to go to...
 
Myanmar’s unlikely capital, built less than 10 years ago by a military regime, will see a gathering...
 

People

BEIJING (AFP) - Property billionaire Wang Jianlin rose from a local government bureaucrat to China's richest man by transforming a debt-laden state-owned housebuilder into the sprawling Wanda...