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,...

‘Fixers’ as a product of corruption

When you think of the country “Philippines,” whether you’ve made a visit or not, the first word that may worm its way into your...

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...

The Philippine transportation system is unimaginably awful

THE Philippines has long been left out when it comes to modernizing its public transport system as compared with its neighboring Asian countries Malaysia...

Asean looks to filthy coal instead of solar power

Sun-kissed Asean continues to generate electricity using filthy coal and its citizens choke on foul air as a consequence.  The United Nations says the rising...

Indonesia pushes ahead with capital shift

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, is pushing ahead with a plan to move Indonesia’s capital to Borneo to reduce pollution and congestion in sinking...

Same, same but different

Last week saw the Thai king’s mistress crawling towards the monarch’s feet like a snail to be named as a key adviser.    Thailand’s king,...

Expect Papuan misery to increase

The looming 50th anniversary of a so-called referendum that condemned the two Papuan provinces to exploitation by Indonesia has coincided with a rising tide...

Vietnam faces Trump’s trade stick

The boom in Vietnamese exports to the US appears to be in jeopardy as Donald Trump is now targeting his key regional ally in...

Meth trade extends its web 

Intrepid visitors to Yangon should not miss the military’s bizarre Drug Elimination Museum.  Its gory mannequins depict the dangers of drug abuse and the military’s...

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RCEP members lure back India

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are underway with the crafting of measures to resolve the recent exit of India from...

Duterte withdraws suspension of rice imports

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday withdrew his earlier pronouncement to stop the further entry of rice commodities into the Philippines, and instead sought for...

Singapore promises 2020 recovery after quarterly growth

Singapore exceeded estimates for economic growth in the third quarter with the city-state’s authorities claiming that a full recovery will be secured next year. GDP...