‘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...

Thailand prepares coronation of unelected general 

Thailand is due to select its prime minister this week amid a rising number of attacks on pro-democracy campaigners.  The generals who seized power in...

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Widodo hands Indonesia defence job to brutal rival

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has named his presidential challenger, Prabowo Subianto, as his defence minister. The disgraced former general is accused of human rights...

ADB commits financing for Philippine tourism hubs

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has opened its doors for the Philippines to boost and develop two of its infamous tourism hubs. ADB said in...

Asean coal power plant construction falls

The number of new coal power plants under construction across Asean has fallen over the past two years, causing fears for Australian exporters of...