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


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Now, available in Kindle and Paperback! Free Kindle if you purchase Paperback. After buying Paperback, go for the free Kindle!

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

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Peace in Afghanistan?

I wish I were on Air Force One

I wish I were on Air Force One

The latest poll from CNN and Opinion Research Corporation found only 37% of all Americans favor the war, 52% say the war in Afghanistan has turned into a Vietnam.

With the exception of General Petraeus, most Americans are waking up—and this hopefully includes President Obama.

Originally Obama, a weak president, sent 30,000 more troops into harm’s way on the advice of Petraeus. It was to be another “surge” like the one that failed in Iraq—something we pointed out back on June 15th.

Now, hopefully, Obama is waking up—so much so that the United States and NATO are in support of peace (surrender?) talks with the Taliban.

Gates - bending in the wind

Gates - bending in the wind

Even hawkish gray-man Robert Gates, the US defense secretary, has said the US will do “whatever it takes” to support Karzai’s negotiations with the Taliban.

(All good politicians know which way the wind is blowing.)

There’s more—Gates weaseled on, “We have always acknowledged that reconciliation has to be part of the solution in Afghanistan and we will do whatever we can to support this process.”

Sure, Secretary Gates, sure.

We had mentioned Karzai’s negotiations with the Taliban way back on June 27th, but it is only now that the same information is being mentioned by the compliant US media.

Karzai - US straw man in Afghanistan

Karzai - US straw man in Afghanistan

It is leaking out that the US troops have been providing safe passage for top Taliban leaders to travel to Kabul for face-to-face negotiations with the Afghan government.  Let’s hope they don’t run into any IEDs.

So, Petraeus, whose actions led and are leading to a callous loss of life, and did not seem to care if the US went broke, is weakened, as the US goes to work to end the useless war in Afghanistan.

I just read that Obama is now meeting with Condoleezza Rice.

Oy vey!

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