Posts Tagged ‘Donald Trump’

Casinos gamble on Trump presidency

November 30, 2016

Failed former casino owner Donald Trump’s presidency can help and hurt casinos in Asia, depending on their connections to the president-elect and the evolution of his administration’s policies.

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.

Racism, cynicism Kellyanne Conway calling cards

November 7, 2016

Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway grabbed my attention during the 2008 presidential race. After media questioned the Democratic contenders about an Obama-Clinton dream ticket, and the two candidates generously conceded the other would make a strong running mate, Conway appeared on CNN’s AC 360 to sneer, “Hillary Clinton says Barack Obama can ride in the back of her bus.” It was an extraordinarily cynical, racially inflammatory remark, projecting racism onto someone else who had displayed not an iota of it. I was so shocked by her racial Molotov cocktail that I wrote to CNN, where I once worked as a news producer, to suggest they ban Conway from their airwaves.

In this campaign, Conway’s cynicism on racial issues has blossomed, continually trying to convince minorities turn their backs on their champions in favor of a proven antagonist. The Trump campaign berates Clinton for failing to achieve economic and educational equality for minorities and even Jay Z’s lyrics, while ignoring Trump’s record of housing discrimination, demonizing the Central Park Five even after exoneration and leading the birther movement that claimed President Obama wasn’t born in the US. Now, under Conway’s tutelage, Trump talks about a rigged election and voter fraud, specifying minority areas, pandering to the far right and dog whistling to white supremacists.

On the final Sunday of the campaign, Conway wouldn’t correct a fake story about voting hours being illegal extended for “certain groups” in Clark County, Nevada. Confronted with the truth – officials followed standard procedure, allowing voters already on line by closing time to vote – Conway claimed she didn’t have “all the facts,” though that didn’t stop her from putting her false spin on the story. She also refused to repudiate the fantasy narrative of an “assassination attempt” on Trump in Reno, when the only person really in danger was the protestor who tried to display a “Republicans against Trump” sign.

With Conway and her ilk in ascendancy spouting cynical venom – and, compared with Donald Trump’s rants, seeming reasonable – there’s little danger of the country ever coming together. Which, of course, means more work for Conway.

As in 2008, I once again ask the media to just say no to Conway and deny her and her clients the oxygen of publicity. Someone with such blatant disregard for truth and for decency doesn’t deserve anyone else’s megaphone.

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.

Atlantic City: Macau’s past or Macau’s future?

November 20, 2014

Atlantic City came out of nowhere to top Las Vegas as the global leader in gaming revenue in the 1980s and ‘90s. Now, the New Jersey shore Queen of Resorts is shriveling, with four of its 12 casinos shuttered and a fifth due to close next month. Current global gaming leader Macau shares some troubling traits with Atlantic City and needs changes to avoid a similar fate.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes 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.

Scotland key to Gaddafi dilemma – get him kilt

March 26, 2011

Intervention forces aren’t the only ones in Libya searching for an exit strategy. As last month’s protests against the 42 year rule of Moammar Gaddafi turned violent, many experts suggested the Libyan leader had to fight to the death because he had no alternative. If only Gaddafi (why doesn’t everyone call him Gaddafi Duck?) could take refuge somewhere, perhaps there could be a negotiated solution to end the bloodshed.

Scotland should step up and offer Gaddafi a safe haven. Since releasing Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in August 2009, Scotland has had an empty Libyan mass murderer suite. It can fill that vacancy with the mastermind of the December 1988 bombing that killed the 259 passengers on Pan Am flight 103, most of them Americans returning home to spend Christmas with their families, and 11 people on the ground in the Scottish village of Lockerbie. Doctors gave al-Megrahi just weeks to live due to advanced cancer, but he’s survived more than a year and a half since his triumphant homecoming.

Upon granting al-Megrahi compassionate release Scotland’s Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill bragged about his country’s finely developed sense of humanity. “In Scotland, we are a people who pride ourselves on our humanity. It is viewed as a defining characteristic of Scotland and the Scottish people,” MacAskill waxed. “The perpetration of an atrocity and outrage cannot and should not be a basis for losing sight of who we are, the values we seek to uphold, and the faith and beliefs by which we seek to live.” Welcoming Gaddafi would give Scotland another chance to uphold those values, and MacAskill another chance to hear the beloved sound of his own voice beaming across international airwaves.

Scotland and Gaddafi could be a good fit – and not just due to growing sentiment Gaddafi ought to be kilt. There’s plenty of attractive countryside for pitching his tent. Some of that land is even owned by the guy who gave Gaddafi a place to raise a roof over his head in New York, Donald Trump. Another Gaddafi deal would help The Donald flesh out his foreign policy resume for a presidential bid.

Gaddafi could blend Scottish tradition with Islamic law by spending some of this alleged fortune on developing halal whiskey. Success in that venture could do more to build good relations between Muslims and non-Muslims than any international armed expedition.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, financial crisis, and cheap lingerie.


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