Hong Kong handover marks broken promises

June 29, 2020

This week’s anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China marks Beijing’s broken promises less than halfway through the city’s mandated 50 years with a high degree of autonomy. It’s also a time to examine why the Western defense of Hong Kong’s liberty has been so muddled. And it’s a fitting moment to remember that during handover time Hong Kong was the center of the universe, a place with far more hope and far less despair about its future..

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Punish Beijing for Hong Kong’s lost freedom

June 12, 2020

The Trump administration and its GOP allies aim to sanction Hong Kong because Beijing is usurping its autonomy. That’s penalizing the victim.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Stanley Ho’s Macau streak ran five decades

June 10, 2020

Inside Asian Gaming commemorates Stanley Ho, whose mastery of Macau spanned two centuries. Initially considered a bit player in the all-star cast that won Macau’s casino license in 1962, Ho passed away last month at age 98.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Remembering Stanley Ho on ANC 24/7

June 2, 2020

In an interview with ANC News’ Michelle Ong in Manila, I talked about how casino mogul Stanley Ho lived a life that dreams are made of, the Philippine gaming market and how Asian casinos may operate after Covid-19. Ho died last week at age 98, following a long illness.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Media, don’t help Trump distract from disaster

May 16, 2020

CBS White House correspondent Weijia Jiang deflected attention from the Trump administration’s disastrous Covid-19 response by alleging an anti-Chinese insult. Media needs to keep focused on what really matters.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Genting brings Asian know-how to Vegas

May 15, 2020

Malaysian gaming giant Genting extends its global reach with Resorts World Las Vegas, combining Asian themes with Strip tradition. The $4.3 billion integrated resort, on the site of the legendary Stardust Hotel and putative Echelon project, is due to open next year.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Corona Resort: right stuff, unfortunate name

April 24, 2020

On a white sand beach lapped by clear turquoise water, Vietnam’s first casino allowing nationals to gamble has the untimely name of Corona along with winning facilities to help Phu Quoc island grow as a high end tourist destination.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, a contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Earth Day marks 50 years of failure

April 22, 2020

No wonder Greta Thunberg has gained such traction as a leader of efforts to save the planet. Over the past half century, environmental groups have been no friends of the earth.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correpsondent for Asia Times, and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

NagaCorp maps new growth spurt

March 29, 2020

A quarter century after starting with casino on a barge, NagaWorld in Phnom Penh will add thousands of rooms and more in its Naga3 expansion, plus a new casino resort in Russia.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correpsondent for Asia Times, and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Singapore icon set for expansion

March 26, 2020

Heading the symbol of 21st century Singapore, Marina Bay Sands President and CEO George Tanasijevich maps out expansion strategy for the world’s most profitable casino resort.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.


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