Asean ignores real killers

Thailand’s Songkran water festival, starting this week, results in numerous road deaths each year, but the Thai newspapers are filled with stories about a...

China’s Trump card

Coherent Donald Trump policies are yet to materialise. Source: Wikimedia Making predictions about the next few years became more challenging this month, especially as many...

Giap ‘testicle’ gag and online freedom

An incident in Vietnam, involving an unfortunate quip about a testicle being fashioned into the shape of a legendary general’s head, has exposed the...

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,...

Jokowi’s mixed messages

Jakarta International School. Indonesia’s expat institutions are feeling the pinch. Source: Wikimedia As ever, Indonesia is sending out mixed messages. It wants foreign investment but...

Jakarta’s religious card 

The future of one of the world's largest cities, Jakarta, lies in the balance. As ethnicity and religion have been increasingly exploited, the colossal...

Back to the dark ages 

Thailand is currently experiencing an uneasy peace but this might not last if Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha delays his promised general election again as...

The rapidly-changing aviation industry

It’s mixed emotions for the global aviation industry as the emergence of low-cost carriers has taken its toll on major legacy airlines that have...

Najib’s 2016 is looking up

Saudi Arabia has plenty of money to invest at home and abroad. Source: Flickr Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been handed a welcome end...

Words will never hurt China

Just when the South China Sea dispute needed simplifying, here comes the Russian military. Source: Wikimedia While China's representatives at the Asean summits in Laos...

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