US reveals fresh 1MDB outrages

The US Department of Justice says it is seeking to recover US$540 million that it says was stolen from Malaysia's infamous 1MDB sovereign wealth...

Thai junta eases censorship

Thailand’s use of its authoritarian lese majeste laws appears to be changing as the kingdom looks poised to hold its first democratic election since...

Malaysia’s overflowing inbox

Malaysia's rulers juggle many cultural sensitivities. Source: Flickr Most of Malaysia’s ruling coalition will be pleased to see a busy year ahead with the federation...

Same, same: but different

The 1977 Pulitzer Prize-winning picture by Neal Ulevich of the Associated Press. Source: Flickr Forty years after the October 6, 1976, massacre of students at...

Mindanao at the crossroads 

The southern Philippine island of Mindanao is increasingly being seen as Asean’s frontline in the battle against so-called Islamic State. Unfortunately the Philippines’ president, the...

Papuans poised to boycott Indonesia election

Papuan representatives have called for an Indonesian election boycott and a referendum on independence instead. It is hardly a surprise as successive Indonesian elections...

Duterte set to unsettle Asean’s waters

Members of China’s People's Liberation Army Marine Corps will waiting for Rodrigo Duterte’s next move. Source: Wikimedia   Oscar Wilde's parable about a monk in the...

Asean’s farewell to US influence

The Chinese armed forces will have noticed the waning US influence in Asean. Source: Wikimedia One of the bitter realisations on November 8 was that...

Junta rule continues unchecked

Myanmar’s military continues to crush opposition in the war-torn country, bullying anyone who opposes its grip on power. Unfortunately, the country's elected “leaders” remain entirely...

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...

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to face Rohingya genocide charges at UN court

Myanmar’s state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, will lead a delegation to the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) to defend a case accusing the quasi-democratic...

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...