As Anwar makes another bid for the premiership [Welsh] there are evolving events accompanying the ♧POLITICAL DYNAMICS♧ in the country [malaysiakini], post-Sheraton Move [Fann & Welsh] °■KiniTV 1hr■° together with greatest uncertainties on the economic front [dennis ignatius] where – from national high debt to considerations of more fiscal funding – there’s in our midst those CORPORATE CAPITAL WITH CORONAVIRUS ☆
2] POLITICAL ARENA
PAUSE? – □podcast□ Bridget Welsh in response to Syed Saddiq’s MUDA’s #PauseMalaysia – a campaign urging politicians to ceasefire and focus on the people. However, the reaction towards the campaign was divisive, with many saying that now is the time to fight back, not pause as COALITION POLITICS is healthy FOR DEMOCRACY – freemalaysiatoday; WE NEED A ‘PEMIMPIN’ – Mariam Mokhtar : “You do not slink in via the back door like a thief, or as an unwelcome visitor” ….
PAP WANING DOMINANCE
– eastasiaforum : PAP received its third-lowest popular vote share (61.2 per cent) and lowest seat share (89.2 per cent) since independence. It saw uncomfortably close margins in several constituencies long regarded as PAP strongholds and lost a second Group Representation Constituency (GRC) that also brought down three PAP political officeholders…..
IS THERE HOPE FOR DEMOCRACY – pt thum : it examines in a rare exposition of a fundamental historical determination of our present lives, some details and context, of the “Battle for Merger” and consequence of our present political reality; it’s a thought-provoking call to think more deeply about the nature of democracy, where nation state and nationalism are legitimasing bigotry & exclusion…….PARTI LIYANI ■• YouTube •■ with pt thum; Thean Lim 3rd Oct 2020 •■YouTube■• and the S’pore PM’s sledgehammer – sarawakreport 6/10/2020.
3] THE ECONOMY
MUYHIDDIN ECONOMIC PLAN
– scmp 7/10/2020: lacking clear focus on the Bumiputra development agenda but focusing on reducing inequality, corruption and leakages of national wealth ………..
MAS: ANOTHER RESTRUCTURING
– thevibes : to rework carrier’s fleet & networks…to cope with softer traffic demand for the foreseeable future…….Up to Khazanah to sort out Malaysia Airlines’ quandary – theedge : “Right now we are not looking at any support from the government; it is up to Khazanah as the sole owner of Malaysia Airlines. I have never ever said to close down Malaysia Airlines.”……. KAZANAH BAILING OUT ANOTHER FAILED COMPANY : UEM Sunrise will bail out EcoWorld where Khazanah is committing …….
Why a $4 trillion bailout couldn’t revive the American economy
150 MILLION IN EXTREME POVERTY BY 2022 – mashable
4] SABAH SAGA
i) PAS FACTOR IN SABAH – Bridget Welsh : PAS made important contribution to Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) victory in the state by destabilising the coalition and has implications for relations within the political alliance………PBS+STAR TO PULL OUT OF GRS? – malaymail
ii) WHY IS SABAH SO POOR? – Mariam Mokhtar : ….good percentage of Sabah state land had been annexed by a former chief minister to distribute to his family members and cronies…….
5] SARAWAK SHELF
CRYING VOICES FROM MURUM •■3:30min■•
6] WORKERS AND WORK PLACES
i) ROHINGYA IN MALAYSIA – wordpress : supporting the Rohingyas is a long-standing element of Malaysia’s global Muslim solidarity agenda in its foreign policy……ZAKIR NAIK is dangerous to INDIAN MUSLIMS : not only dangerous for their psyche but also for their religious belief…….
ii) PAKISTAN: Say ‘No’ to BAHRIA TOWN! – workers world : Bahria Town, one of the largest private real estate development companies in Asia, is known for its overly opulent master-planned communities constructed for Pakistan’s ruling class — and for its intimidation tactics that target Indigneous and Aboriginal peoples…….
iii) COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS – socialeurope : The pioneering Danish collective agreement on platform-based domestic workers has been vitiated by a misguided ruling by its competition authority………
iv) THE KOREAN WAVE – the global popularity of South Korea’s cultural economy exporting pop culture, entertainment, music, TV dramas and movies…….
i) NUPI KEITHAL – a 16th-century bazaar in which all of the vendors are women, is a fountainhead of social and political activism in the Indian state of Manipur….
ii) Trump, ‘Get your hands off Somali refugees!’ – workers world : She is the first Somali American, the first naturalized citizen of African birth and the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in Congress…….Pandemic to Turn Back Caravan of Thousands of Refugees – counterpunch : Mexican and Guatemalan governments collaborated to stop the migrant march or caravan, which left Honduras from reaching Mexico and the US……..
8] PRESS AND FREEDOM
i) INDONESIA: democracy means loving thine enemy – eastasiaforum: Greg Fealy highlights the unintended consequences of a crackdown on political Islam, which he argues ‘erodes human rights, undermines democratic values and could well lead to a radical backlash against what is seen as growing state antipathy towards Islam’….WORKERS STRIKE OVER LABOUR LAW – aljazeera : opponents say the new law allows contractors to remain in place for life and weakens environmental protections….
ii) HERO OR ZERO? – kim quek
iii) FASCISM US-STYLE – counterpunch : Trump has been encouraging violence in the streets to justify the use of federal force – the emphasis on law and order……condoneforce against journalists..challenge the credibility of the November elections…….Infected Trump Returns to White House – theintercept : As the MSNBC host Chris Hayes has observed, by rejecting health advice that clashes with his political aims, Trump’s response to the pandemic has seemed at times to be “objectively pro-Covid.” The video he left the hospital to film, which was posted on the official White House Twitter and Facebook feeds less than an hour later, could hardly have been more conducive to the spread of the illness had it been scripted by the virus itself…WHAT IF PRESIDENT HAD HIV……- counterpunch : could, if that disease was hepatitis; if the Donald was a poor man, poorly defended and in poor health, there’s a good chance he’d be facing criminal charges…….TRUMP, COVID and POETIC JUSTICE – workers world : unlike the millions of workers who have lost their jobs and health insurance because of the pandemic, or never had coverage in the first place, Trump is now sick; the chickens have come home to roost, but he is receiving top-of-the-line health care, including experimental treatments not yet available to the public …. MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY COCKTAIL – washingtonpost : whereas
Yang Zhanqiu, deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, told the Global Times that Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody therapy treatment uses the same principles as plasma therapy treatments used in China to fight the virus. “The plasma was safe and effective on many Chinese patients, as the antibodies neutralize the coronavirus and stop it from infecting new cells,” Yang said.”The difference lies in that plasma is from human body whereas monoclonal antibodies are generated from a laboratory to mimic natural antibodies,” Yang added. TRUMP HAS COVID19? – huffpost : “Is it wrong for a doctor to be writing these words? I would argue, in fact, that it is precisely in line with the ethics of my profession”…….A COMPLICIT DOCTOR – theatlantic; TRUMP’s TAX •■Elizabeth Warren & Kathy Porter ■• October 07 at 10:16 pm GMT+08:00 NEW YORK — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Manhattan’s district attorney can enforce his subpoena for President Trump’s tax returns, rejecting a bid by Trump’s lawyers to kill the request and potentially setting up another showdown at the Supreme Court…………KU NAN PAY$ IRS – nst; THE BIG 4 ACCOUNTING OLIGOPOLY – •■ CNBC international ■•
9] ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
i) TO MULL OR NULL A COVID19 LOCKDOWN – sarawakreport : Having used Covid as an excuse to suspend Parliamentary Democracy, the present minority govt. is now seeking to lockdown the country (or at least Selangor) to prevent Anwar Ibrahim from meeting with the King…… UMNO TO DIE OF/WITH CONFUSION – malaysia-chronicle: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s position is tenuous with internal rumbles…..
ii) KISS THE AMAZON GOODBYE – counterpunch : with severe droughts reinforced by massive deforestation for commercial logging, farming, and mineral exploitation……..THREE GORGES DAM •■france24•■ DEGAZETTE KUALA LANGAT FOREST RESERVE? – Faizal Parish, Director, Global Environment Centre □ bfm.podcast□; THE DEEP ANTHROPOCENE – aeon : revolution in archaeology has exposed the extraordinary extent of human influence over our planet’s past and its future…
iv) DUCKS CLEANING PADI FIELDS •■ globalnews ■•
10] INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND GEOPOLITICS
i) ♤USA: ROGUE SUPERPOWER https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/– foreignaffairs, Nov/Dec 2020
ii) ASEAN STRESS-TESTED BY BIG POWER RIVALRY – eastasiaforum : can ASEAN play a central role as a fulcrum – around which big powers are jostling in the region – to maintain stability….
iv) THE FUTURE OF CHINA-US RELATION •■YouTube■•Kishore Mahbubani 30/10/2020; CHINA 2020: An Introduction by John Bellamy Foster, monthly review; CHINA GLOBAL LEADERSHIP LIST – worldaffairs blog with ♡ graphic presentations ♡ CHINA OPENING UP IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY – caixin global •■1hr05m■•
v) KYRGYZSTAN ANNULS PARLIAMENTARY RESULTS – •■ dw ■•
The COVID-19 pandemic shocked the world. It shouldn’t have. Since this century’s turn, epidemiologists have warned of new infectious diseases. Indeed, H1N1, H7N9, SARS, MERS, Ebola Makona, Zika, and a variety of lesser viruses have emerged almost annually. But what of the epidemiologists themselves? Some bravely descended into the caves where bat species hosted coronaviruses, including the strains that evolved into the COVID-19 virus. Yet, despite their own warnings, many of the researchers appear unable to understand the true nature of the disease—as if they are dead to what they’ve seen. Dead Epidemiologists is an eclectic collection of commentaries, articles, and interviews revealing the hidden-in-plain-sight truth behind the pandemic: Global capital drove the deforestation and development that exposed us to new pathogens. From deepest Yunnan to the boardrooms of New York City, this book offers a compelling diagnosis of the roots of COVID-19, and a stark prognosis of what is coming………….