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Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, center, visits a polling station in the southern coastal town of Port Dickson, where Anwar is vying for a seat along with six other candidates, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Voting opened Saturday in a by-election that is expected to see charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim win a parliamentary seat and return to active politics as he prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Gay rights and the path ahead for Malaysia

- The Washington Times

In the wake of the long ordeal of Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, whose career was derailed for years by legal battles and convictions for sodomy, a campaign against LGBT people in Malaysia has been ramping up since Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir came to power this year.

The Central Bank of Russia, stands on Neglinnaya Street, Moscow, Russia, on Friday, June 20, 2008. The bank also known as the Bank of Russia, was founded on July 13, 1990. Accountable to the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR, it was originally called the State Bank of the RSFSR. Bloomberg News

Russia: shades of 2008 crisis

I remember the 2008 financial crisis very well. Actually, I remember it starting in 2006. At the time, I was working at a very large Wall Street investment bank.

Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh walk through the Hart Senate Office Building as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

#Believe Which Women?

As I write this, hundreds of people are converging on the streets of Washington, D.C., and in the halls of the U.S. Capitol with T-shirts saying "Believe Women." Does anyone bother to ask what this really means?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

It's all about Iran

For the Trump administration, it's not about Syria in the Middle East, or even Russia; it's about Iran, and only Iran.

In this April 2, 2018 file photo, a Chinese flag is seen on the end of a railway track at the Khorgos Gateway, one of the world's largest dry dock in a remote crossing along Kazakhstan's border with China near Khorgos. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) **FILE**

New Central Asia banking center could be global changer

- The Washington Times

The global financial world is changing, as President Trump would say, big league. This week marks the next-level escalation of the trade war between the United States and China, as POTUS attempts to roll back decades of the hollowing out of American manufacturing in favor of emerging markets in the Pacific.

An American flag is seen through rain drops on a window as rain falls in Baltimore, Sunday, April 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

How to destroy a society

If I wanted to destroy an enemy society, and had a long-term focus, wanted to do it stealthily, and effectively, to make the society destroy itself and the ability to defend itself, I would do the following:

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he shakes hands with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Turkey said Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on some U.S. products like cars, alcohol, and coal _ a move that is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the deteriorating relations with the U.S. in a feud that has already helped trigger a currency crisis. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkey hasn't been a U.S. ally for some time

Turkey is not an ally. Turkey has not been an ally of the West for a long time. Turkey is a corrupt, Islamist regime that cannot be trusted to defend the alliance, at least not until there is a leadership and political change in-country.

Mr. Mueller's slow-cooked baloney stew (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

The best prosecution bribery can buy

Imagine for a moment that Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's attorney, went to witnesses in the Mueller special investigation and said, "The president will give you (fill in the blank), if you will give evidence and testify favorably for the president."