Freeport looks to sue Jakarta

Most indigenous Papuan communities have not embraced the foreign mining companies. Source: Wikimedia Freeport-McMoRan has warned Indonesia it was prepared to sue if it...

Thailand addresses tourist hangover

One of Thailand’s Similan islands. Source: Wikimedia The closure of Thailand’s Koh Tachai indefinitely from October due to fears that tourism is trashing the island's...

Thailand to ban plastic junk imports

Thailand says it will ban plastic garbage imports by 2021, meaning the west must find somewhere else to send its “recycling”. Large trash exporters...

Human remains found at Plain of Jars

The Plain of Jars, Laos. Source: Wikimedia Excavations on the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos may have finally provided an answer to what the...

Mekong nations face severe drought made worse by dams

The four lower Mekong River basin countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam should expect severe to extreme drought—compounded by dams—to persist until January,...

Malaysia tries to woo EU on palm-oil safety

Malaysia has agreed to nominate palm-oil specialists to sit on a European Commission group to assess the role of the controversial product as a...

Singapore faces plastic crisis

Singaporeans use on average 1.6 plastic bags a day and their production uses enough petrol in a year to drive 8,555 cars around the...

No Grasberg hostages: rebel

A militant separatist group in Indonesian Papua has disputed police claims that it is holding villagers hostage during an armed standoff near the giant...

Indonesia passes new mining law ‘marred by controversy’

Indonesia has passed into law a controversial measure aimed at expanding the country’s mining industry albeit seen to have socioenvironmental impacts. Jakarta Post reported on...

Rakhine port’s delays continue

The future of a major Chinese-backed economic zone in troubled Rakhine State remains in the balance amid repeated delays. In 2015, Myanmar signed a deal...

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