Muslim comic stands up for tolerance, diversity

February 18, 2018

Indonesia’s first hijabi standup comedian Sakdiyah Ma’ruf brings tolerance center stage as host of the United Journalists for Diversity (SEJUK) Awards Gala in Jakarta next month. It’s Ma’ruf’s latest effort to combat extremism and promote tolerance through humor.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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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Steve Wynn still looms over Wynn Resorts

February 14, 2018

Despite resigning as chairman and CEO Steve Wynn remains a big part of Wynn Resorts. A tentative agreement giving Elaine Wynn control of her shares exchanges one uncertainty about the company’s future for others.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Saipan billionaire casino owner doubles down

February 11, 2018

Imperial Pacific International’s casino in US Pacific Territory Saipan has reported more player debt than revenue and faces an August deadline to finish its beachfront hotel. Its shares have fallen by a third over the past year, and majority owner Cui Lijie lost her place of Forbes Asia’s Hong Kong Rich List. Nevertheless, Cui has bought another 119 million more shares this year.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Wynn leaves company with his name on it

February 7, 2018

Wynn Resorts founder Steve Wynn decides the company would be better off without him. In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, Wynn stepped down as chairman and CEO of the company with his name all over it.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Writing China from different angles

February 6, 2018

Chinese writers Jung Chang and Lijia Zhang view today’s China through unique lenses. Beyond her famed family chronicle Wild Swans, Chang has written controversial biographies of Mao Zedong and Dowager Empress Cixi and plans to complete this making of modern China trilogy next year with a volume on the early 20th century republican revolutionaries.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Indonesia’s Sakdiyah Ma’ruf battles Islamic extremism, intolerance with laughs

January 25, 2018

Groundbreaker Sakdiyah Ma’ruf is Indonesia’s first female standup comedian, let alone the first to perform wearing a hijab. Ma’ruf has won international awards for her support of tolerance and women’s rights, but most important for a comedian, she’s genuinely funny.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

East meets West in casino mogul Lawrence Ho

January 23, 2018

Experts say Melco Resorts boss Lawrence Ho’s mix of East and West distinguishes him among billionaire casino magnates and paves the way for success beyond Macau.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Billionaire Baha Mar buyer Henry Cheng joins Forbes Hong Kong’s 50 Richest for 2018

January 21, 2018

Succeeding his late father Cheng Yu-tung at the head of the Chow Tai Fook/New World empire, Henry Cheng has expanded the family’s role in casinos beyond Macau into Vietnam, Australia and the Bahamas while becoming a billionaire in his own right.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

CNBC’s Cramer makes mad money call on Macau

January 19, 2018

Television pundit Jim Cramer says buy Macau, but his stock picking is nuts because it ignores looming casino license expirations.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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.

Looking back, ahead at Asian gaming

January 9, 2018

Here’s the customary review of my 2017 predictions, and, more important, a look ahead at 2018 in Asian gaming.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming 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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