John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book...it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can't put it down! It's a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That's the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei's latest film is The Blue Mansion - Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It's quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

“Mission Accomplished” (again) – Now Let the Civil War Begin!

 

"Mission Accomplished"

"Mission Accomplished"

Days after the U.S. officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq’s ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad on Sunday, September 5th. The fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens.

There is a little-known agreement between the United States and Iraq that Iraq can call on American forces at any time to assist in combat.

Apart from 50,000 US troops remaining in Iraq, there are an estimated 50,000 mercenaries, and perhaps another 100,000 “advisors” in the country.

Now that the bulk of US troops have left, Iraq’s political instability is threatening the country’s security. Six months after an inconclusive election, Iraq still has no new government. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, is struggling to keep his job after his Shiite coalition came in second to a Sunni-backed alliance in the March 7 vote.

Conditions are ripe for an Iraqi civil war between the country’s Shiites and Sunnis. This is because the US invasion altered the balance of power in Iraq. Prior to the US invasion, the Sunnis were in control, even though they represented only 35% of the population—not that the Sunni government was admirable.

Now the Shiites with 65% of Iraq’s population have the upper had – due to their greater numbers, and the backing of Iran – a Shiite nation.

As the Iraqi civil war develops, it is doubtful that the United States can remain uninvolved. First there is the agreement that the US must come to Iraq’s aid militarily, and secondly the balance of power in the Middle East is at stake.

 

3 Trillion and growing

3 Trillion and growing

Economically this is a damaging position for the United States. Joseph Stiglitz had estimated that the war in Iraq cost the US $3 trillion. Now Stiglitz is revising this estimate upward. For example, the cost of diagnosing, treating and compensating disabled veterans has proved higher than was expected.

In calculating our $3 trillion estimate two years ago, Stiglitz blamed the war for a $5-per-barrel oil price increase.

It now appears that a more realistic (if still conservative) estimate of the war’s impact on oil prices works out to at least $10 per barrel. This adds at least $250 billion in direct costs to the original assessment of the war’s price tag.

The Iraq war has had a devastating effect on the US economy. With the civil war in Iraq the economic devastation will become even worse.

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