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Malaysian Man Accused Of Rape Marries 13-Year-Old Victim

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.23.2013 | World

In an unfortunate turn of events in a Malaysian rape case, a 40-year-old man accused of rape has married the teenage victim. Riduan Masmud was char...

The Death of "Sustainability"

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

WWF's statement surprised many long-time palm oil watchers, but the organization deserves enormous credit for sticking to its principles and making clear that companies cannot claim sustainability just by sticking an RSPO label on their product while continuing to destroy the Earth's forests.

Does The Philippines Deserve Its Investment Grade?

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Edsel Tupaz

Over the past decade the Philippines' sovereign credit rating oscillated between "negative" and "stable," reflecting concern about the ability of the government to collect sufficient tax revenue, manage its budget, and sustain a high rate of GDP growth.

Election Fraud in Malaysia

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Malaysians cast their ballots in the most important election in the nation's history on Sunday. On Election Day, as had been predicted by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, reports of electoral fraud were widespread.

Will Najib Razak Remove Malaysia's System of Racial Preferences?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.06.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

If history is any guide, Malaysians have every reason to doubt that the Bumiputra system will be dismantled under BN rule. But the BN is swimming against the long-term tide. Our hope is that it does not view this win as a fresh mandate for more of the same, but rather, as a wake-up call.

Malaysia's Ruling Coalition Leads In Early Poll Results

AP | SEAN YOONG and EILEEN NG | Posted 07.05.2013 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia's long-governing coalition won national elections with a weakened majority to extend its unbroken, 56-year rul...

'Car Talk'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.29.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

In the four decades since I took a driver's ed class, I have become such a proficient motorist that I could teach a class myself except that I have two speeding tickets on my record and my name isn't Ed.

Malaysia's Ruling Party Gets Desperate

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.28.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Malaysia has in reality been a one party state for over 55 years with the ruling UMNO party winning a string of elections without much opposition. However, with the stellar rise of Anwar Ibrahim, the ruling party is facing its most tightly contested election in its history.

Insider's Guide to Malaysia's Best Beaches

Viator | Posted 06.26.2013 | Travel
Viator

Thailand is not the only country in southeast Asia with stunning beaches. Malaysia has dozens of tiny islands on both the east and west coasts that rival the beauty of southern Thailand, and the beaches are relatively unknown (read: cheaper, less crowded, more unspoilt).

Malaysian Economy: Is the Party Over?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

With an election in the near future, scheduled for May 5th, Malaysia's economy is under scrutiny. Is it really as good as the present government says it is in its campaign propaganda?

A Shooting Star... Ghana Delves in

Juliet Asante | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Juliet Asante

In 2013 however, the country has once again taken a decisive role in the continents' democratic journey that is worth recommending.

Challenges to Democracy: A Whisper to a Roar

Deborah Stambler | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Deborah Stambler

During a blizzard in Kiev, Ukraine last month, director Ben Moses attended a screening of his film A Whisper To A Roar. As he made his way to the theater, he wondered if this wasn't a little crazy and if anyone would fight through the cold and snow to come see the film.

WATCH: Inside Malaysia's Shadow State

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 03.19.2013 | World

A short film released by international NGO Global Witness documents an entrenched system of corruption in Sarawak, one of the two Malaysian states on ...

What Really Happens During A 10-Day Yoga Retreat

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 05.15.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

A 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat with Noble Silence, 4 a.m. starts and 10 hours of meditation daily was never going to be easy, but combining it with communal living and random explosions probably made it even harder.

PHOTOS: 7 Crazy Cat Destinations

Travel + Leisure | Posted 05.14.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Japan is the ultimate travel destination for cat enthusiasts and Hello Kitty just the beginning.

A Meditation Vacation

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 03.12.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

A Vipassana course is travel of a very personal kind, as it is above all a journey with the self, which may or may not involve conventional travel. If you love travel of all types, you can, as I did, combine both.

Napoleon's Role in Shaping Penang as Key Player in World Trade

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 03.07.2013 | Books
Carolyn O'Donnell

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.

'World's Poorest Sultan' Sponsors 200-Man Invasion Of Malaysia

AP | JIM GOMEZ and SEAN YOONG | Posted 05.06.2013 | World

MANILA, Philippines — Unlike many other Muslim royalties basking in grand palaces and opulent lifestyles, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III's kingdom sit...

Shameless Malaysian Government Fraud Goes Global

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

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.

The Stalemate in Southern Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.24.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

More likely than not, a prolonged conflict and stalemate await southern Thailand.

Dictators Seem Strong, But They Can't Take a Joke

Freedom House | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Mary McGuire Senior Communications Manager and Mary Humphreys, Communications Intern A thick skin is a necessary prerequisite for every success...

PHOTOS: 10 Cheap Things To Do In Singapore

Sanjay Surana | Posted 02.01.2013 | Travel
Sanjay Surana

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.

Three Years Left to Live?

Mikko Alanne | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Mikko Alanne

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.

Keep Your Dream Alive

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 03.30.2013 | Good News
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

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.

Davos Lightning Round: Where Do Good Policy and Good Business Align?

Ian Bremmer | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business
Ian Bremmer

2013-01-23-FinalDavosDiariesbanner.jpg 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.