A NUCLEAR NORTH With a second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un approaching, could the world be inching closer to accepting the North as a de facto nuclear power? US Bureau Chief Nirmal Ghosh says that, increasingly, seems to be the realistic scenario rather than a ‘denuclearised’ North Korea. In turn, a realistic deal may see Pyongyang agree to freeze or partially roll back its Weapons of Mass Destruction, or the next-best option, agree to eliminate its intercontinental ballistic missiles, thus reducing the threat to the continental US. With Japan and South Korea still vulnerable, the two may he tempted to develop their own nuclear weapons in order to achieve strategic balance. MORE QUESTIONS ON HIV DATA LEAK Questions continue to swirl about the data leak in Singapore of HIV-positive people. Security Editor Kor Kian Beng says the issues involve whether the matter had been handled appropriately, if enough was done to spread … [Read more...] about Asian Insider Jan 31: Are we ready to accept North Korea as a nuclear power?
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By Tom Metcalf Bloomberg Sophie Alexander Ben Steverman Wed., Jan. 9, 2019 Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after a relationship that started at a New York hedge fund and is ending a little more than a year after he became the world’s richest person. “After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” the pair tweeted on Wednesday. While Wall Street took the announcement in stride, investors will be watching to see if the divorce settlement affects Bezos’s control of Amazon. So long as the company is growing and returning profits, he’ll probably maintain their confidence, though a settlement could potentially put a dent in such Bezos side projects as the space exploration company Blue Origin. “It sounds friendly and she doesn’t have any motive to mess with the business,” said Michael … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos’ breakup may rob him of ‘world’s richest’ title
By Gabriel Pogrund The Washington Post Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 LEBANON, OHIO—U.S. President Donald Trump praised the Confederate general Robert E. Lee whilst asking African-American voters to “honour us” by voting for him at an Ohio rally which included an unexpected and provocative monologue on America’s Civil War history. Addressing an open-air rally of around 4,000 supporters, Trump appeared buoyant as he declared that Lee was a “true great fighter” and “great general.” He also said Abraham Lincoln once had a “phobia” of the Southern leader, whose support of slavery has made his legacy a heavily contested and divisive issue. The comments came during an anecdote about Ohio-born president Ulysses S. Grant’s alleged drinking problems. “Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle. And Abraham Lincoln came home, he said, ‘I can’t beat Robert E. Lee,’ ” Trump … [Read more...] about Trump calls on African-Americans to ‘honour’ him with votes, then praises Confederate general Robert E. Lee
By Judith Timson Life Columnist Thu., Feb. 22, 2018 The power of the voice, the power of so many voices. If I were to focus on a lesson from the past few months of public pain on so many levels, I would say it’s the awe-inspiring power that people harness when they finally feel free to speak up. When they say publicly to those who have victimized them — including politicians — enough is enough. We demand change. I usually don’t like the Oprah-esque sentiment of “speaking your truth.” As a journalist, I believe in THE truth. Yet we’ve watched the explosive growth of the #MeToo movement, through searing and intensely personally truths, reveal just how prevalent sexual harassment and assault are in our society; and learned how gender equality in the workplace must address the power imbalance that allowed this abuse for so many years. We’ve watched powerful men in many fields fall like dominoes as their … [Read more...] about When the people start speaking up, the powerful should look out
By Michael Lewis Bloomberg View Mon., Feb. 19, 2018 Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. Both behaved as if there was no such thing as a win-win situation: Any gain for Obama was a loss for them, and any gain for them must also entail a loss for Obama. The moment that the Russian president or congressional Republicans saw he wanted something, they went to work trying to keep him from getting it — even if it was something they might otherwise have approved of. Approaching any aspect of life as a zero-sum game has obvious practical costs: Deals that leave some people better off without making anyone else worse off suddenly don’t get done, because making some people better off now, by definition, makes other people worse off. It also comes with some psychological side effects. It cripples your imagination. It … [Read more...] about Looking for Donald Trump in all the wrong places