If the British East India Company existed today, it would be a billion-dollar mega-corporation. In 1786 the company wanted a suitable port of "refreshment and repair" along the valuable trade route to China, and the tropical island of Penang.
Prime Minister Najib Razak's government professes to be taking a lead in weeding out graft but the perception is growing that corruption under the Najib administration is flourishing.
More likely than not, a prolonged conflict and stalemate await southern Thailand.
by Mary McGuire Senior Communications Manager and Mary Humphreys, Communications Intern A thick skin is a necessary prerequisite for every success...
Budget travelers fear not. In a country where a brand new 2012 Toyota Camry costs $146,000, and million-dollar Ferraris and Lamborghinis are driven on the roads daily, there are plenty of alternatives that won't send your checking account into cardiac arrest.
The main culprit in the catastrophe facing orangutans is palm oil, a widely used cheap additive found in everything from food products to biofuels. Indeed, estimates say palm oil is now in more than 50 percent of all consumer goods.
I salute the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. for his visionary contribution to American society, and all the visionaries around the world. We all have a dream: to make the world a better place. We don't have to do it alone.
Today I'm going to zap around the world a bit, outlining some global trends that are areas of opportunity, both for promoting the World Economic Forum's commitment to "improving the state of the world" and for businesses' bottom lines.
It has been described as a mix of selfishness, pushiness, and competitiveness, plus a fear of losing or missing out, and is said to be characteristic of the people of Singapore and Malaysia.
Retirement in the States is getting more expensive all the time. But in the right places overseas, you can upgrade your lifestyle and live better than you can at home for a small fraction of the price.
There's now plenty of global choice: At the close of 2012, more than 350 international hospitals have been awarded JCI accreditation, offering nearly any type of medical procedure to patients seeking access to lower-priced medical care without compromising quality.
As we find ourselves today at the start of a brand-new year, that's a question worth asking yourself -- it's not only possible but easier today than you might ever imagine to launch the retirement adventure of your fondest day dreams almost anywhere on earth that appeals to you.
Malaysia may not be in big trouble yet. While it still has a robust free press and whistleblowers are protected, the current issues have a chance to be addressed fairly. But the media is under pressure to conform and whistleblowers have been arrested instead of the corrupt officials.
While much of the health care "GDP gap" between the U.S. and other nations can be attributed to cost of living, it's undeniable there's plenty of room for reimagining our approach to health care, not simply in terms of reform, but in market-driven innovation.
A warm bowl of this is a perfect fix for the current cooler weather.
Who hasn't fantasized about the Orient-Express? I want to ditch the hoodie, my overbearing dachshund and job for some adventure on the rails.