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A Month Of New Power Flexing

Regional moves to expand power influence and friendshoring efforts have been intensifying
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BRICS Is Not The Same As The Non-Aligned Movement

Recent developments are casting a stark light on the Malaysia-US relationship, threatening to undermine security and diplomatic efforts aimed at maintaining free navigation in the South China Sea, while simultaneously solidifying China's influence over what was once a key US ally in the region.
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Malaysia's Bid For BRICS Membership Signals Major Policy Failure For US

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia: Recent disturbing developments are putting the Malaysia-US relationship in the harshest possible light, undermining security and diplomatic efforts in keeping the South China Sea (SCS) an area of free navigation while solidifying China's control in what was formerly a key US ally in the region.
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BRICS And De-Dollarization, How Far Can It Go?

WASHINGTON, US: As the current chair of BRICS, Russia is pursuing a rather extensive agenda related to finance that includes enhancing the role of member countries in the international monetary and financial system and developing interbank cooperation and settlements in national currencies.
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Indonesian President In Damage Control Over New Capital

JAKARTA, Indonesia: Indonesia's president is rushing to reassure investors and bureaucrats about his $32 billion new capital city in a malaria-prone pocket of Borneo, after the resignations of two officials overseeing the plan raised fresh doubts about its future.
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Reflections On The Great Patriotic War: A Celebration With Tears In Eyes

MOSCOW, Russia: 1941-1945... This date every time causes the bitterness of loss, tears on the face of everyone who knows what it means. After all, nothing can be worse than war in the whole wide world... War... it took thousands of lives of innocent people, soldiers who fought for freedom, for a peaceful sky above our heads, for happiness and, in the end, for our lives... Brave, bold, strong... You can still list their human qualities for a very long time, but most importantly, they did not break under the onslaught of the Nazis, courageously saved the lives of many people and were devoted to their homeland because they loved it... The Russian writer Ivan Turgenev in his novel On the Eve wrote: “When one of us dies for the country, then one can say he loved it”. 
 
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Beware Misplaced Trust In Pseudo-Intellectuals

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia: Former prime minister Muhyddin Yassin undoubtedly a charismatic & popular Malay Leader got toppled from the Apex, thanks to his bossom buddies from the State of Johor. Muhyiddin the scion of a religious leader, educated in English and groomed by Tun Dr Mahathir himself, held many crucial cabinet posts.
 
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Southeast Asia: World’s Dumping Ground For Plastic Waste

HONG KONG, SAR: In the wake of China’s 2018 ban on plastics recycling, criminal organizations have been illegally shipping waste to Southeast Asia, passing through “multiple transit countries” to camouflage the origins of the shipments, according to Interpol, with “significant use of counterfeit documents and fraudulent waste registrations.” Some plastic waste reaches Asia from Italy by way of its neighbor Slovenia.
 
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Promoting Sustainable Land Management For A Greener Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: March marks the International Day of Forests, shedding light on one of our planet’s most critical ecosystems. Despite this, Southeast Asia has witnessed alarming forest loss, with Malaysia being one of the countries experiencing significant depletion. In 2010, Malaysia boasted 20.3 million hectares of natural forest, covering 87 percent of its land area. However, by 2022, it had lost 118,000 hectares of natural forest, equivalent to 83.9 million tons of CO₂ emissions. Human activities, particularly logging and clear-cutting for food production and agriculture, are primary contributors to this forest loss. 
 
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A Confident Marcos Returns to the White House

HONG KONG, SAR: Tomorrow, April 11, US President Joe Biden will host a tripartite summit in the White House with Fumio Kishida of Japan and Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. of the Philippines as guests. Announced at a time of escalating tensions in the South China Sea, the optics of the summit are as much about decline as they are about resurgence.
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Prabowo's New Fears and Hope

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Indonesia’s President elect Prabowo’s visit to Malaysia reflects a new strategic maneuver for both Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. Jakarta will need Malaysia’s alignment of support and policies, as both share similar threat settings and challenges in facing renewed and intense pressure and overtures from both the West and Beijing.
 
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From Desperation To Determination: Indonesian Trafficking Survivors Demand Justice

NEW YORK, US: Working abroad can be a way for Indonesians to earn much more than they could at home, and provide for their families. However, for some the journey can turn into a nightmare, with long hours, wages withheld, and abuse. The UN is working closely with the government to help bring trafficked workers home.
 
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Usaha Australia Pikat ASEAN Dalam Menangkis Perluasan Beijing

KUALA LUMPUR, Malayia: Persidangan Khas ASEAN – Australia sempena ulangtahun ke-50 pertalian di antara kedua-dua entiti memberikan gambaran jelas kepada negara anggota serantau dan juga kepada kuasa luar terutamanya China.
 
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Immigration: Global Election Issue

HONG KONG, SAR: Spoken or not, the issue of migration is an overt or covert issue for much of the politics of the world today, especially in a year with elections scheduled in eight of the world's 10 most populous nations.
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