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Stateless in Malaysia

September 30, 2019

The stateless people in Sabah, Malaysia are denied access to schools, jobs, and healthcare, and their village is facing demolition. They have found advocates in the youth movement Borneo Komrad.

The Forgotten Rohingya Refugees

The Forgotten Rohingya Refugees

August 5, 2019

Existence is resistance: a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees live in Malaysia with no legal rights or protections

Lessons for the ‘Rest’ from ersatz miracles

November 7, 2018

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram / IPS News. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov 06 (IPS)  – Of the ten fastest growing economies since 1960, eight are in East Asia. Two main competing explanations claimed to explain this regional concentration of catch up growth since the late 20th century, often referred to as the East Asian miracle. The…

China struggles with Belt and Road pushback

September 17, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available at By James M. Dorsey China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary.…

Turkey’s financial crisis raises questions about China’s debt-driven development model

August 19, 2018

By James M. Dorsey Financial injections by Qatar and possibly China may resolve Turkey’s immediate economic crisis, aggravated by a politics-driven trade war with the United States, but are unlikely to resolve the country’s structural problems, fuelled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s counterintuitive interest rate theories. The latest crisis in Turkey’s boom-bust economy raises questions…

Multiple diplomatic spats raise questions about Saudi concept of sovereignty

August 9, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting criticism of its human rights record and conduct of the war in Yemen. It…

Pakistan’s financial crisis puts Belt and Road on the spot

July 9, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related projects would not pass international muster. Concerns that China’s US$ 50 billion…

Malaysian-Saudi relations: A lesson in the pitfalls of authoritarianism and autocracy

June 25, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Embattled former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was the main loser in last month’s election upset that returned Mahathir Mohamad to power as his country’s anti-corruption crusader. Yet, Mr. Razak is not the only one who may be paying the price for allegedly non-transparent and unaccountable governance. So…

Mahathir’s reforms could put Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the spot

June 1, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Mahathir is adopting policies that could reshape the Southeast nation’s relations with powerful Gulf states. A series of anti-corruption measures as well as statements by Mr. Mahathir and his defense minister, Mohamad (Mat) Sabu, since this month’s upset in elections that ousted…

Ukrainian Government Criminalizing Support For Rebellions in the East

August 12, 2014

Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says the threat of foreign invasion by Russia cannot justify the Ukrainian government’s assault on political freedom