Escape from Paradise, – A Best Selling Book!

The book’s sensational reviews!

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

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Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Mary Bancroft – Master Spy

“I can’t understand what the f–k you are saying.” The voice came from an elderly lady in the back row of my computer class. It was from Mary Bancroft, a part owner of The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Autobiography of a Spy and was the woman behind the plot to kill Hitler, the lover of CIA chief, Allen Dulles, the lady who invited me to dinner to meet Woody Allen and, yes, Mary Bancroft was my computer student.

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Sunnis (ISIS and Saudi Arabia), at war with Iran’s Shiites

ISIS Ramadi Victory Parade - Undefended and not Bombed by the US. Why?

ISIS Ramadi Victory Parade – Undefended and not Bombed by the US. Why?

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, which includes the Shiite militia (mainly from Iran) are fighting ISIS.

Iranian Shiite militiamen continue to pour into Iraq’s Sunni heartland of Anbar province with the goal of recapturing Ramadi which is only miles from Baghdad.
As the U.S. prepares to send an additional 450 personnel to Iraq, the Iranian-backed militias say that coalition assistance only hurts their efforts – contradicting statements by the Iraqi government that more international support is needed.

ISIS fighters captured Anbar’s provincial capital of Ramadi last month, prompting Defense Secretary Ash Carter to lament that the U.S.-trained Iraqi troops lacked “the will to fight.” The Popular Mobilization Forces were called to battle in Anbar after the fall of Ramadi, despite concerns that their involvement in the province would antagonize the Sunni population. as Anbar province is populated by Sunnis.

Many of the Shiite fighters, believe that U.S. airstrikes have been a hindrance to their efforts to recapture territory—and in some cases, have been deadly.

“We know of Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi fighters who were killed by the American planes,” Shiite fighter, Mahdi, said, using the commonly known Arabic name for the Popular Mobilization Forces. “If they really wanted to help us, then they would leave Iraqis to liberate Iraq by themselves.” On the other had, the U.S. missed a golden opportunity, when they did not bomb the ISIS mile’s-long (and undefended) victory parade to celebrate their taking of Ramadi.

The Popular Mobilization Forces have played a key role in several battles in the past year, but their strategy is increasingly at odds with that of the government. While Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi continues to lobby for greater international support in the way of arms, training and aid, the Popular Mobilization Forces want the coalition to back off and let the Iranian Shiites do it.

While there are no official estimates for the size of the Shiite dominated Popular Mobilization Forces, they are now believed to make up the majority of fighters in Iraq, outnumbering the official Iraqi military, which virtually crumbled in the face of the militant onslaught last year.

A number of the individual militias have said Iranian advisers arm and train their fighters, but officially the Popular Mobilization Force can only receive aid from the Iraqi government, leaving the U.S. somewhat at a loss for how to deal with them.

In Anbar itself, red and green flags with the operation’s slogan — “Labaik ya Hussein,” or “At your command, Hussein” — flap in the wind and dust alongside posters hailing the Popular Mobilization Forces. The slogan is in honor of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Hussein, who was killed in the 7th century battle that led to the schism between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

And that is what the war is all about – the centuries-old war between the Sunnis, now represented by ISIS and Saudi Arabia, and the Shiites, represented by Iran.

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