Asean economic hopes high after mixed 2015

The muddy docks in Yangon. Myanmar is tipped to see the fastest growth in Asean this year. Photo: the author Southeast Asia greets the new year...

Suu Kyi: new Mandela or old populist?

Aung San Suu Kyi memorabilia is selling well at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon. Source: William Baldwin Aung San Suu Kyi walks a...

Malaysia leads way on terror policy

Muslim Malaysia is trying to promote a positive alternative to extremism. Source: Flickr Kuala Lumpur has recently hosted several large, regional summits and is claiming to...

Does Thailand need another coup?

The coup was the easy part. Source: Wikimedia Incompetent economic policies and repression of any form of protest appear to be dominating the Thai news...

PM Najib heads to UMNO party conference on the back of strong economy

PM Najib heads to UMNO party conference on the back of strong economy. Source: Wikimedia Prime Minister Najib Razak, ahead of his United Malays National Organization...

Vietnam business forced to look overseas for growth

Is the sun rising for Vietnam’s well-educated population or setting on its damaged ecosystem? Source: Wikimedia   Vietnam’s environmental degradation and glowing economic prospects both largely...

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...

Fury over gay pop gig points to wider Singapore divide

Adam Lambert will be quickening Singaporean pulses for positive and negative reasons. Source: Wikimedia A controversy over a Singapore gig starring openly gay US singer...

Asean: an economic titan but a political worm

Amnesty wants action to avoid a repeat of this year’s refugee crisis. Source: Amnesty International  While the economic prospects for the vast bulk of the...

Scandals take shine off Asean’s rosy economic future

US vessels in the South China Post. Source: Wikimedia Despite the optimism about regional economic growth, expressed in the form of the new Asean Economic Community,...

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