Economist Special Report on Singapore: Complacency Could be Biggest Threat

This week’s Economist has a special report on Singapore. From the intro, called “The Singapore exception”: Singapore is, to use a word its leaders favour, an “exceptional” place: the world’s only fully functioning city-state; a truly global hub for commerce, finance, shipping and travel; and the only one among the world’s richest countries never to […]

Economist on Yingluck’s campaign

The Economist‘s Banyan columnist says that Yingluck is charming, her campaign is well-executed, and that the Democrats are in trouble: In sum, the naturalness and easy manner that Thais appreciate in Ms Yingluck is authentic—but the fact that it comes over so well is the result of a lot of sweat and forethought. I have […]

American misperceptions about China’s economic power

Note: I have updated this post here. Excellent post from James Fallows pointing out that a new Pew report shows that 44 percent of Americans think that the “top global economic power” is China. Just 27 percent of respondents correctly picked the U.S. Yes, China owns a lot of American T-bills. And yes, China’s economy […]

So much to link to, so little time

Lots of good Economist and WSJ stuff to link to, and so little time. But here goes: A fantastic Thailand story from the WSJ: “How to Make a Croc Look Cuddly: Paint It Like a Panda; Bears From China Are a Hit in Thailand, Prompting Makeovers of Local Animals.” Contains a wonderful image of a […]

Economist on Thailand’s political crisis

A quick heads up that the current Economist has a story about Thailand’s ongoing political crisis. It’s called “Orange, anyone? Red and yellow factions still find compromise elusive.” Worth a read.

Economist’s Christmas edition

The Economist’s Christmas edition is brilliant. Don’t miss their fascinating articles about Filipinas living in Hong Kong, “The Bridget Jones Economy”, and the strange story of the Pacific island of Nauru.