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Watching The World 04 Feb 2018 | 12:00 AM

To have hope and imagination

It’s all too easy to fall into negative thought patterns about politics, but we can’t really afford to give up on our future.

Books 30 Jan 2018 | 8:00 AM

'What Does This Button Do?': Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson tells all

Heavy metal outfit Iron Maiden's flamboyant frontman Bruce Dickinson draws on literary skills for an autobiography that weaves in as many of the threads of his life as he deemed possible or necessary.

Watching The World 21 Jan 2018 | 12:00 AM

Castro – the Trump wannabe of Costa Rica

The relative stability of the Central American nation is likely to survive the election of a volatile firebrand.

Watching The World 07 Jan 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Cyprus standoff

AS I was growing up, there were quite a few divided nations. North and South Vietnam, East and West Germany, North and South Yemen - all of which have since been reunited.

Watching The World 24 Dec 2017 | 12:00 AM

Landslide win for Nepal’s Reds

The rare Communist triumph in democratic elections means an interesting future is ahead for the country.

Nation 30 Nov 2017 | 12:38 AM

Execution by Hunger: An Exhibition

PETALING JAYA: If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.” That appalling quote is attributed to Communist dictator Joseph Stalin.

Watching The World 26 Nov 2017 | 12:00 AM

Long fall from grace for Mugabe

Way before the Zimbabwean dictator was dethroned, he had fallen out of favour with his people.

Watching The World 12 Nov 2017 | 12:00 AM

Some mandates are bigger than others

Sometimes we should not expect too much of newly elected leaders as their hands may be tied.

Watching The World 29 Oct 2017 | 12:00 AM

When politics becomes just too predictable

JAPAN is one of the oldest and strongest democracies in Asia. But I must say that as a follower of its political scene, this is not the most exciting of times. Snap elections have just been held less than three years after the last one and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party have secured another crushing victory.

Watching The World 15 Oct 2017 | 12:00 AM

A sporting chance for George Weah

Ex-footballer leads Liberian presidential elections and hopes to loosen ruling party’s 12-year hold on power..