Parallels in Corruption: Does Hong Kong have Lessons for Indonesia?

Through Jakarta last month was Tony Kwok, one-time Commissioner of Hong Kong’s Internal Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), a man who now travels the world as a consultant to governments and state organizations, including Indonesia’s own Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Kwok has served in a number of senior roles with the ICAC since its formation in […]

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Bali 9 – Mercy Makes Sense

As a child growing up in England in the 1950s I can still remember the chill and frisson of fascinated fear we all felt on the occasions a death sentence was carried out. An overriding aura of a shameful and squalid act being committed pervaded the nation. All the usual suspects, the protests and vigils […]

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Knight of Oz throws the Abbott of Oz for a Spill

Prince Philip, the 93 year-old Prince Consort of the Queen of England is hardly in need of another title and yet Tony Abbott, Australia’s Liberal prime minister and ardent monarchist, thinks he is and knighted him last year, along with an Australian airman and a brace of Dames. Australians don’t agree and it nearly cost […]

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