If you have ever wondered about Indonesia’s relationship with the Pacific Island nations, the article here casts some light on the possible motivations and ambitions in play.
There is a lot to admire about the smooth efficiency of Changi Airport, but could the airport become just a bit too efficient for passenger comfort?
The report here raises that possibility, along with a number of other concerns that, while not explicit in the article, emerge on reflection.
Of course any concerns are based on the belief that privacy is not completely dead and the surveillance state is both undesirable and still avoidable.
The merits of that belief are a whole other post.
A quick flag for those interested in Cambodia, with Australia’s ABC television about to screen a major piece of investigative journalism.
A trailer is available here. Message me if you’re interested but cannot find a link to the online telecast.
There is not much news from Cambodia in the mainstream Western media, which is probably just how those in power there like it.
For those interested the article here lifts the lid a fraction on the sordid operation of power in Cambodia and identifies some of the key figures.
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The post title is shared with the great McKinsey discussion paper here that was prepared for the World Cities Summit 2018 in collaboration with the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore.
Reviewing the footnotes there are many related publications. I am open to posting links to these too (where possible), depending on reader feedback.
There is a lot in these 44 pages to absorb. Limiting my thoughts to just one, I am always cautious about expressing certainty over the future. The report wisely (usually) offers statistical ranges, but even these need to be viewed through the lens of merely greater probability.
The report is also silent on the underlying politics, an even greater risk to the assumed certainties.
I will stop there and let you read the paper!
There are a million ways to describe living in Jakarta, but the one you can read here is among my all time favourites.
The article is short, but by goodness the author’s skills as a professional writer come through as he manages to weave a short history of Indonesia’s recent politics and social drama into a small part of his morning.