Posts Tagged ‘Asia Times’

Cambodia online casino ban snuffs Sihanoukville surge

November 16, 2019

Beach resort Sihanoukville’s construction boom is going bust because, at Beijing’s urging, Cambodia has banned online casinos that mainly target mainland Chinese players. The Philippines’ cross border gaming business may extend its regional leadership thanks to the Cambodia shutdown.

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.

Philippines defies China on cross border gambling

November 14, 2019

Beijing has declared war on online gambling operators targeting Chinese citizens. But Asia’s leading cross border gaming center Manila won’t surrender its lucrative position easily. For the Philippines, online gaming boosts government revenue and stimulates office space demand.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a contributor to 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.

Fatima Bhutto can’t avoid politics

December 24, 2018

When she came to the Ubud Writers Festival, Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto said she wouldn’t discuss politics or her family’s tragic political dynasty, just her new novel, The Runaways. But the novel, like Bhutto, is unavoidably steeped in politics.

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.

Moving US-North Korea relations ahead to 1994

December 21, 2018

Acclaimed foreign correspondent Barbara Demick believes the Clinton administration got it “most right” with North Korea on nuclear weapons. If the Trump administration is lucky, it can get US-North Korea relations back to where they stood a quarter century ago.

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.

Bali helps Anuradha Roy pen pan-Hindu parable

December 14, 2018

On her first visit to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Indian novelist Anuradha Roy discovered Bali’s expatriate painter laureate Walter Spies. This year Roy returned to Ubud with All the Lives We Never Lived, a parable for modern India featuring Spies and Nobel Prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore as key characters.

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.

Bush 41 bears twin albatross of Willie Horton, Clarence Thomas plus all they wrought

December 9, 2018

His blue blood roots and reputation for decency aside, George Bush greatly advanced hypocrisy, race baiting and cynicism in US politics, fertilizing the ground for his presidentially illegitimate son’s unconscionable invasion of Iraq and the current White House occupant’s brand of outright lies and division.

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 Okada still wants Wynn, Universal

December 8, 2018

Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada says he’ll take back the companies he founded, including Wynn Resorts and Universal Entertainment, the pachinko company that owns the Philippine casino hotel with Okada’s name on 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.

Making a positive case against racism

August 11, 2018

A year after Charlottesville, conversations about race in America evoke acrimony and resentment – among people who agree. Americans are better than that, even if people like Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway are not.

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.


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