Category Archive: USA

US “Pivot” Sends Asia Fleeing Toward China.

When former-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the US “pivot to Asia,” she and the policy wonks who dreamed it up probably imagined it as a well choreographed geopolitical masterstroke. In reality,… Continue reading

WHY ORDINARY PEOPLE BEAR ECONOMIC RISKS AND DONALD TRUMP DOESN’T.

Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor at Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza, celebrating his new investment as the finest building… Continue reading

America’s Devastating Legacy In Vietnam.

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed about 20 million gallons of herbicides across 5.5 million acres of Vietnamese jungle and countryside. The main herbicide, nicknamed Agent Orange, consisted of two herbicides,… Continue reading

Vietnam’s Overdue Alliance With America?

The US and Vietnam are perfect allies against China. It’s what Ho Chi Minh wanted all along. By Tuong Lai, aka Nguyen Phuoc Tuong, a sociologist and former adviser to two Vietnamese prime ministers. HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam.   Ours is… Continue reading

Vietnam and China escalation in South China Sea.

China and Vietnam Engage in Water-Cannon Fighting and Water-Cannon Fighting in South China Sea With most eyes on Ukraine-Russia and China-Japan battles, let’s shift the spotlight to the new global hotspot, an intensifying feud between… Continue reading

Death Sentence for Corrupt Vietnamese Bankers.

Vietnam’s punishment for corrupt bankers: Death. On June 29, 2009, upon conviction of running a Ponzi scheme that bamboozled investors of at least $18 billion, Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in… Continue reading

Cambodia Riel, Chinese Yuan Clearing.

Cambodia’s central bank allows China’s ICBC to start yuan clearing services. China’s largest bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), said that the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has approved the ICBC… Continue reading

Asian conflict partly due to US military bases.

My view is this: we wouldn’t have a conflict in Asia if not for the intervention by the U.S. The U.S. has a security pact with Japan and has military bases and naval… Continue reading

Obama approves Vietnam nuclear deal.

US-Vietnam nuclear deal clears first hurdle. President Barack Obama has approved an agreement for civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam in a sign of deepening ties between the former foes. The… Continue reading

Behind a Pattern of Global Unrest.

Middle Class in Revolt in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela. For months now, protesters have gathered in the capitals of many developing nations – Turkey, Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela, Malaysia, and Cambodia, among… Continue reading