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Born and raised in the US, Taylor has a BA in International Relations and specialises in the intricate relationships between ASEAN member states and the United States, calling for cooperation on all fronts to encourage the economic and democratic development of Southeast Asian nations. He is currently working on his thesis on the history of the military junta in Thailand and is a part time writer for ASEAN Economist.

Singapore hands out first jail term for terror financing

Singapore has jailed its first suspect for terror financing amid a steady stream of arrests related to support for Islamic extremism.The Singaporean authorities have warned that the crowded island republic is a prime target for an attack.IT specialist Ahmed Hussein Abdul Kadir Sheik...

Singapore to ban sugary drink adverts

Singapore, which has some of the world’s highest diabetes rates, is to become the first country to ban advertising for sugary drinks, according to health minister Edwin Tong.He told the 2019 Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress that the ban – which is expected...

Indonesia’s Papuan lies continue

Indonesia has opened its Sorong Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on a 524-hectare site in the troubled province of West Papua.  Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Indonesia’s economic minister Darmin Nasution said the SEZ would stimulate the West Papuan economy in addition to filling Jakarta’s coffers.  The...

Philippines looks to buy Russian nuclear ship

A copy of Russia's controversial floating nuclear power station could power remote Philippine islands, according to Manila’s trade secretary, Ramon Lopez.Philippine’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, and fellow Russian populist leader, Vladimir Putin, signed several trade agreements last week in Moscow. One of the accords promised...

Tech giants must challenge Vietnam censorship: HRW

A Vietnamese pro-democracy activist arrested last month for his Facebook posts must be released, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong was arrested in the southern province of Lam Dong and charged with “making, storing, disseminating or propagandising information, materials and...

Singapore ready to back economy: govt

 Singapore is probably not yet in recession but the authorities are poised to step in with support measures, according to Indranee Rajah, the minister for the Prime Minister’s Office.“We’re not new to difficult economic situations, we’re not new to recessions,” Rajah, who has a...

Malaysia opens anti-monopoly probe into Grab

Malaysia has opened an anti-monopoly investigation into the Singapore-based ride-hailing firm Grab, amid calls for greater competition.The Malaysia Competition Commission’s CEO, Iskandar Ismail, said the watchdog was stepping up its investigation after multiple complaints over monopolistic practices after Grab bought out Uber's Asean operation...

Vietnam looks to solar to fill energy void

Vietnam is looking to renewable energy solutions to solve a growing power shortfall which is intensified by the dispute with Beijing over oil and gas reserves in the South China Sea. Vietnamese electricity demand is growing by about 9 per cent a year while the...

Indonesia grapples with sweeping Islamic laws 

Indonesia looks like it might have received a reprieve from the parliamentary bid to create an Islamist state. Indonesia's president has moved to delay a vote on controversial laws that would outlaw sex outside marriage amid claims it will harm the tourist trade. However, the prevailing...

Musk defends offensive Thailand cave hero tweets

Loose-tongued Tesla chief executive Elon Musk (pictured) says he feared the heroic British cave diver Vernon Unsworth – who worked tirelessly to rescue the trapped children in a Thai cave – might be “another Jeffrey Epstein”.  A deposition to a California court was issued...

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