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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

Reward for information regarding Seth Rich

One America News Network (OAN) is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in former DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder case.

The Herring Networks, Inc. media company OAN joins a number of individuals and groups that are willing to pay for information that solves the July 10, 2016, killing of Mr. Rich. The election-season murder continues to spark conspiracy theories based on the suggestion that Mr. Rich provided DNC data to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

“One America News believes solving this case — and bringing Rich’s murderer to justice — is essential to exposing the truth for the American people,” OAN’s Greta Wall reported Monday. “We are offering a $100,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in the case. If you have any information, please email us at tips@oann.com.”

Others offering rewards include the Washington, D.C. Police Department ($25,000); WikiLeaks ($20,000); and Republican strategist Jack Burkman ($130,000).

Obama’s Cover-Up for Saudi Arabia and ISIS

FBI Director, James Comey

FBI Director, James Comey

FBI Director James Comey is leading a cover-up for FBI incompetence and for Obama’s pro-Muslim policies. Comey said on Wednesday there is no evidence a married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell.

What about their Hispanic neighbor,  Enrique Marquez, who was in on a plot with Syed Farook to kill Americans?

FBI officials have revealed that Enrique Marquez, a convert to Islam, purchased the rifles used in the San Bernardino terror attack—doesn’t that qualify as a terrorist cell. Marquez had plotted with Syed Farook in 2012 to carry out a similar attack to those that Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik carried out last week – is that not conspiracy to commit a crime?

The fact that Marquez is finally in jail is proof of at least a three-person terrorist cell—the other two being Mr. and Mrs. Farook.

In allegedly attempting to aid and abet another terrorist, Comey said that “authorities” believe Mohammed Abdulazeez, the suspect in July’s fatal shooting of four U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was radicalized by militant propaganda. This is another of Comey’s apologies to Radical Islam.

“Twitter works as a way to sell books, as a way to promote movies, and it works as a way to crowdsource terrorism—to sell murder,” Comey said, passing the blame on to Twitter.

ISIS also frequently employs encrypted communications, Comey said. He renewed his calls for technology companies to avoid creating devices and services that cannot be accessed, even with a proper court order. Didn’t America crack secret codes way back in WWII? Why are they not doing that today?

Meanwhile ISIS marches on as in the southern Iraq desert they ambushed and abducted at least 26 hunters from a Qatari safari. The kidnapping victims were said to include some members of senior Qatari royalty.

Saudi Arabia Helps ISIS in Yemen

Saudi attacks were underway Wednesday along several front lines in Yemen, claiming at least 42 lives and breaking a day-old U.N.-brokered cease-fire and peace talks between the internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels taking place in Switzerland.

According to U.N. figures, the war in Yemen has killed at least 5,884 people since March, when the fighting escalated after the Saudi-led coalition began launching airstrikes targeting the rebels. So what “Saudi-led coalition” is this? It appears to be yet another Saudi backing of their Sunni Wahhabi allies—ISIS.

Nine months of war between a Saudi-led military coalition and a Yemeni rebel group have left thousands of civilians dead, has given rise to a new branch of ISIS.

Saudi Arabia Falsely Claims Pakistan, Indonesia, Lebanon and Malaysia are in its “34-country coalition”

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Defense Minister, and Deputy Crown Prince

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Defense Minister, and Deputy Crown Prince

Officials in Pakistan said Wednesday that they had not been consulted by anyone in Saudi Arabia before their nation was described as a founding member of a new, 34-country “Islamic military alliance” to fight terrorism announced late Monday night by the Saudi defense minister, Mohammed bin Salman, the 30-year-old deputy crown prince .

“This is not the first time that Saudi Arabia has named Pakistan as part of its military alliances without Islamabad’s knowledge and consent,” the Dawn correspondent Baqir Sajjad Syed reported. “The Saudis earlier named Pakistan as part of the coalition that carried out operations in Yemen and a Pakistani flag was displayed at the alliance’s media center. Pakistan later declined to join the Yemen war.”

Malaysia’s defense minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said Tuesday that while his nation did support the Saudi effort, “there is no military commitment, but it is more of an understanding that we are together in the combat against militancy.” Malaysia was also on the list of 34 nations described as members by the Saudi government. The Malaysian official also suggested that the alliance, which was announced after prodding from Obama for Saudi Arabia to play a larger role in the fight against Islamic State militants, might have been hastily assembled. “I received a call from their defense minister two days ago,” Mr. Hussein said.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s foreign ministry clarified on Wednesday that his nation, which was described as one of 10 countries supporting but not participating in the larger alliance, was awaiting more details about the initiative before deciding whether to take part in any way.

The description of the alliance as one of “a group of Islamic states,” set up to “fight every terrorist organization,” also caused confusion in Lebanon, where a Christian minister objected, and the nation’s foreign minister and prime minister did not agree they had joined.

Saudi Arabia lacks the credibility to form any coalition

More than 2,500 Saudis have joined ISIS, according to analysts, while Tashfeen Malik, the wife of the Muslim couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., two weeks ago, had spent extensive time in Saudi Arabia and may have been radicalized while there.

Can Saudi Arabia truly present an alternative to ISIS ideology? For decades, it has wielded control over religious institutions yet failed to curb extremism, while spreading ultra-conservative Wahhabi Islam that has given rise to jihad and ISIS.

“There is a sense among many that ISIS is Saudi Arabia’s main ideology,” says Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic Studies at Notre Dame University.
Saudi Arabia has attempted to organize Muslim states in the past. In 1969, then-King Faisal founded the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a committee of 57 Muslim states dedicated to further Muslim causes.

The OIC has failed to oppose jihad and ISIS, as jihad is a main part of Islam. It is this very lack of an authoritative voice, free of politics that has created the ideological vacuum allowing groups like ISIS to emerge.

Obama, in defending his anti-ISIS strategy, has long called for alliance partners in the region to supply the “boots on the ground” necessary to augment American air power.

But Saudi Arabia and many of its Arabian Gulf allies such as Qatar and the UAE claim to be bogged down in Yemen. In reality, they are not going to fight ISIS, who they are now backing.

“Saudi Arabia is ISIS,” you will hear most Middle Easterners say.

The author, John Harding, has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for nine  years.

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