Is Myanmar’s military really loosening its grip on power?

Myanmar’s mobile artillery in action. Source: Flickr Myanmar's Tatmadaw or military appears to be relaxing its iron grip on the country but in many respects...

Coronavirus 1, human rights 0

Last week a Chinese coronavirus “suspect” in Myanmar was hunted down near the border with China.  The news story detailed the hunt for possible carriers...

Obama’s coalition fails to block Beijing bulldozer

Vietnam People's Naval Infantry march on the Spratly Islands. Few analysts believe the Vietnamese can repeat their 1979 defeat of the Chinese. Source: Wikimedia In...

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...

Papua allowed to speak out 

The Asmat of Papua Province. The provinces are ethnically distinct from the rest of Indonesia. The unstable Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua...

Malaysia’s economy stays strong amid Chinese stumble

Malaysia is coping with 2016 better than its Asean neighbours. Source: Wikimedia From the global perspective, 2016 has already caused significant economic concerns, with the...

Asean’s predictable elections could boost growth

Elections are scheduled in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in the next few months, leading to speculation about how political activity will affect Asean’s...

Thailand’s cannabis clinic offers bright future 

Thailand is making rapid progress with its policy of legalising the medical use of cannabis with a pilot project in Bangkok seeing thousands of...

Race to legalise medical marijuana

As the world wakes up to the health benefits and commercial potential of legalised cannabis, Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea are racing to become...

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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