Forty years of reform: China vs Singapore

By Sun Xi This month marks the 40th anniversary of the official beginning of China’s reform and opening-up, when the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China was held from December 18-22, 1978. Just one month before the historic conference, in November 1978, Chinese paramount leader Deng Xiaoping visited … Continue reading Forty years of reform: China vs Singapore

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Ex-CIA director: It’s a tech war, not a trade war

And, in 5G, the US is losing by a mile The recent arrest of a top Huawei executive and an escalating US campaign to get allies to stop using equipment from the firm – which is the world’s largest telecoms gear maker – has made the global race for tech supremacy a daily front-page news … Continue reading Ex-CIA director: It’s a tech war, not a trade war

No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

He’s just shifting the burden to allies and relying more on mercenaries By Stephen Gowans The announced withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the drawdown of US occupation forces in Afghanistan very likely do not represent the abandonment of US aims in the Middle East, and instead more likely reflect the adoption of new … Continue reading No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

Either the EU ditches neoliberalism or its people will ditch the EU

John Wight has written for a variety of newspapers and websites, including the Independent, Morning Star, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, London Progressive Journal, and Foreign Policy Journal. We live in a world fashioned by Washington, and as 2019 approaches the dire consequences remain woefully evident. In 1948 US State Department mandarin George Kennan – the man credited with devising the … Continue reading Either the EU ditches neoliberalism or its people will ditch the EU

Starting from the bottom: a tale of the informal economy and inequality

By Namira Samir Of the five administrative cities of the Special Capital Region (DKI Jakarta), East Jakarta has the second-highest number of people living below the poverty line, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. My minibus trip to East Jakarta has taught me about poverty and inequality more than books and lectures have ever done. … Continue reading Starting from the bottom: a tale of the informal economy and inequality