by: Mariam Mokhtar, Malaysia Chronicle

The two countries – Malaysia and Sudan, are like chalk and cheese.

Sudan is the largest and one of the most geographically diverse countries in Africa. The south is an area of swamps and rain forests and is separated from the mostly desert north by mountain ranges. The River Nile splits the country from east to west. Sudan's borders were drawn up by colonial powers with little regard to cultural realities on the ground.

On the other hand, equatorial Malaysia consists of two regions, famed for their dense rainforests and separated by 640 miles of the South China Sea.

Sudan has a population of 43.2 million (UN 2010) in an area of 2.5 million sq. km. The life expectancy is 58 years (men), and 61 years (women). The main exports are oil, cotton, sesame, livestock and hides, gum Arabic. The GNI per capita is USD 1,220
by: Mariam Mokhtar, Malaysia Chronicle

Many people will have recently heard that former Israeli President Moshe Katsav was found guilty of rape and other sex crimes. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a sad day for the Jewish state.

We also know about the inglorious origins of our own 1Malaysia logo and the ‘similarities’ between 1Israel and 1Malaysia.

1Israel’s campaign focuses on health and included a 1 Israel health fund. 1Malaysia also focuses on health and there is a 1Malaysia fund as well as a 1Malaysia clinic.

The 1Israel motto is “People first” whilst the 1Malaysia is “People first, performance now.”

But could we also learn from the Jewish state, about their system of justice?

They are not averse to prosecuting those who are in a position of power and responsibility. If the man or woman is guilty of a crime, then it is only right they are brought to justice.
So perhaps we are looking at IBRIC? Or BRICI?

by: Mark , TraderMark

That said, I never was able to catch the tail on the donkey named Market Vectors Indonesia ETF (IDX) as the only true pullback it had in 1.5 years (last May), I missed my limit order by a few dimes. Clearly it would have been far better to just buy the very extended chart in May 2009 around $40 and take the ride, but we are always so much smarter with the ability of 20/20 hindsight. Probably one of my biggest regret's the past 2 years was not once catching this train.

In 2011, some of the must-see destinations around the world include Indonesia. Flights to Indonesia are available with a variety of airlines including a recent addition of KLM flights to Bali the capital city of Indonesia. The KLM Royal Dutch airline offers flights to Indonesia via Amsterdam.

Last year, Indonesia celebrated high revenue from tourism that was recorded to be around $7.6 billion. However, hopes are even higher this year for Indonesia and Jero Wacik, Tourism Minister for Indonesia states that the country expects its 2011 tourism revenue to go up to $8.4 billion this time.

According to figures given by the Ministry, Indonesia received 6.4 million visitors last year. Next year’s foreign tourists are expected to number between 7.3 million and 7.7 million, with an average spending of $1,100 per visitor.

Mr. Wacik emphasized on the importance of tourism in the country and stated that: