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So Donald Trump is the new president-elect of the USA and people are acting like the world will come to an end. Using the tactics of “us” against “them” and separating Americans as a people is not a new tactic — it has been proven to work time and time again. The media has done a wonderful job in helping instil fear into the minds of people, all Trump had to do was play on that.

December is a time to reflect on the past 11 months and look forward to and plan for the up-and-coming 12 months. Instead of writing another article, I’d like to see if you’ve been paying attention. How do you score on the below True or False quiz?

What a month it’s been. I was wrong; the polls were wrong; the pundits were wrong. There has been a maelstrom of emotion surrounding the recent US election, as you are no doubt aware.

In April, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recommendation for parents to limit the exposure of their babies to rice, rice cereals, rice pasta, rice milk and other rice containing foods due to very high levels of arsenic found in rice.

Dear Douglas,

A continuing interest to me is understanding how cities work or don’t work. What shapes cities and how is it that they attain their special character? And what elements of cities most influence their character?

Vietnamese have long been accustomed to considering their doorsteps and streets as a natural extension of their homes. With ground floor shops overflowing onto the street and homes open to the passer-by’s view, what will happen to the Vietnamese daily soap opera that is life, as the urban landscape changes?

Now that the US Presidential election is over, and with it, Hillary Clinton’s political career, it is a good time to examine books which reflect her belief that women can achieve what they want and more.


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We are in the season of religious festivities. This was my thought as I started this article but then I looked at interfaith celebration dates throughout the year and saw that from one month to the next the number of holy days is fairly equal and is surprisingly high.


A question I get asked by investors both local and foreign is why multinational retailers are more than ever piling into what some observers are (for better or for worse) referring to as the “next China”. The demand for retail property in prime locations is higher than ever. The answer? People and policy.

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