The Irish of Asia

They are the Irish of Asia. The Rohingyas and the Bangladeshis leaving their homes remind me of the Irish, and to a less extent the Scots, who emigrated to England and the English-speaking colonies to escape poverty.

The Irish and the Scots, who also settled in Northern Ireland, rebuilt their lives in their new homes.

A question mark hangs over the Rohingyas and the Bangladeshis.

Nobody wants the wanna-be emigrants.

Bangladesh, Burma and the region
Bangladesh, Burma and the region

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Blair won Marx election, Cameron won Freud, who will win Browning-Tagore?

Labour last won a general election 10 years ago, in 2005, on the birthday of Karl Marx (May 6, 1818 – March 14, 1883). The last general election, five years ago, was held on the birthday of Sigmund Freud, when the Conservative David Cameron fell 20 seats short of a majority but managed to stitch together a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. The elections today coincide with the birthday of not one but two famous poets — Robert Browning and Rabindranath Tagore.Continue Reading

Lee Kuan Yew and Margaret Thatcher

An amazing parallel runs through the political careers of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of the Republic of Singapore, and Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first woman prime minister. Both began their political career at the same time and stepped down as prime minister on the same day.

Both laid down their office on November 28, 1990. Both were succeeded by their deputies: Goh Chok Tong became prime minister of Singapore, and John Major of Britain.Continue Reading

Margaret Thatcher and the music of her time

Margaret Thatcher is dead, at the age of 87. Passed away at the Ritz. What’s there to say? The grocer’s daughter who became the country’s longest serving prime minister in the 20th century is Britain today.

That’s the way it’s been since the Iron Lady came to power in May 1979. Though she had to leave Downing Street in November 1990, urged out by her own Conservative Party cabinet ministers, Britain today is very much what she made of it.

So here’s to the lady who died after a stroke at the Ritz, where she had been staying since coming out of  hospital in December. Here’s to the lady and the music of her days.

America top choice of would-be migrants

America remains the favourite destination of people wanting to move to another country. And the country with the largest number of people wanting to move to the United States is China.

Nigeria and India have the second and third largest number of people wanting to settle in America.

Countries with the largest number of people wanting to settle in the US
Countries with the largest number of people wanting to settle in the US

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