Now that he is again the sole electoral rival to President Joko Widodo, the checkered past of retired special forces general Prabowo Subianto will likely come under another searching examination as Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election campaign clicks into high gear. This may well be the 66-year-old Prabowo’s last shot at the political heavyweight title, which has eluded him since the damaging fallout from the Asian financial crisis forced his long-ruling father-in-law, president Suharto, from office in May 1998. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Drummed out of the military three months later for insubordination and human rights violations, Prabowo has spent the past decade building the opposition Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) into a launch pad for the presidential ambitions he has harbored since he was a boy. Then locked in a power struggle with armed forces commander Gen Wiranto, Prabowo has always denied claims that he … [Read more...] about Prabowo’s past haunts his electoral future
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By Sylvia Hui The Associated Press Sat., Aug. 11, 2018 LONDON — V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose celebrated writing and brittle, provocative personality drew admiration and revulsion in equal measures, died Saturday at his London home, his family said. He was 85. His wife, Nadira Naipaul, said he was “a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour.” Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 “for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.” In an extraordinary career spanning half a century, the writer travelled as a self-described “barefoot colonial” from rural Trinidad to upper class England, picked up the most coveted literary awards and a knighthood, and was hailed as one of the greatest English writers … [Read more...] about Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul dies at 85
caption (L to R): Luigi Di Maio, Giuseppe Conte, and Matteo Salvini source Shayanne Gal/Business Insider After months of wrangling and a week of crisis, Italy finally has a government. Three men are key to this government – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio, and Lega Nord chief Matteo Salvini. The men now arguably have the fate of the eurozone in their hands. Three months after its inconclusive general election, Italy finally has a government. On Friday, President Sergio Mattarella swore in the technocrat Giuseppe Conte as the country’s latest prime minister. He will head up a coalition of the populist parties: the Five Star Movement and the Northern League. The road from the election to the government was anything but smooth. Italy may be renowned for its chaotic, dysfunctional politics but even by its standards, the last seven days have been crazy. … [Read more...] about These 3 men hold the future of the euro in their hands
By Francine Kopun Business Reporter Thu., March 22, 2018 The billionaire U.S. toymaker who has said he wants to buy Toys “R” Us Canada has launched a GoFundMe campaign aimed at saving some or all of the 735 remaining stores south of the border. Isaac Larian, CEO of MGA Entertainment, Inc. the California toy company behind Little Tikes and Bratz dolls, announced Thursday morning that he and other private investors were launching the campaign by making their own $200 million (U.S.) contribution toward a stated goal of raising $1 billion. If successful, the money will be used to mount a bid to buy some or all of the Toys “R” Us assets in the U.S. that are slated for liquidation. “This isn’t just about toys, this is about preserving the joy and excitement of play for future generations. I am confident we will raise $1 billion to #SaveToysRUs,” said Larian, in a written response to questions from the Star. Read more: … [Read more...] about Can a $1 billion GoFundMe campaign save Toys “R” Us?
By Jill Colvin The Associated Press Michael R. Blood Sun., March 11, 2018 LOS ANGELES—U.S. President Donald Trump is coming — at last — to the state he loves to hate, setting foot in California for his first time as president. This is turf he lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 4 million votes in 2016. He has mocked its judges for blocking his agenda, sued over its lax enforcement of immigration laws and threatened to pull out federal agents. But there’s something he’s dying to see here: the prototypes for his long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. And there’s something he’s eager to do here: raise cash from the Beverly Hills crowd. Trump’s arrival Tuesday will come just days after his Justice Department sued to block a trio of state laws designed to protect people living in the U.S. illegally. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown likened it to “an act of war” with Trump’s … [Read more...] about California prepares for Donald Trump’s first visit since taking office