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...

Myanmar steps towards debt trap

Myanmar plans to reduce the cost of the Chinese-backed Kyaukpyu special economic zone and port, cap its external debt load and avoid repeating the...

Mahathir adopts palm-oil folly

When confronted with a challenge from an external party, human nature often pushes us into defensive mode.  However, criticism should also force us to reflect...

EU palm-oil ban hits Asean 

Since coming to office, Malaysia’s new prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has been impressively active, regardless of the fact that he is the world’s oldest...

Palm oil trade war looms 

As the more environmentally progressive elements of the European Union discuss ways to cut imports of palm oil, Malaysia and Indonesia are becoming increasingly...

The generals and their ‘lady’

Fighting is ongoing in Myanmar’s northerly Kachin State after the military began attacks on the powerful Kachin Independence Army (KIA) last month. The rebel...

Najib legacy in dock

On Wednesday, Malaysians vote in their most intriguing general election ever. The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, led by the notoriously corrupt prime minister, Najib...

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...

Annual Thai road carnage looms 

As Thailand prepares for its new year holiday this month, almost 200 hospitals are asking for more blood to cope with the inevitable road...

Asean’s plastic shame

A video of a British diver swimming through plastic waste off Bali has shown the extent of the crisis in Indonesian waters. The film by...

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