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...

Thai sex trade in spotlight

It took an unguarded remark from a Gambian minister to send Thailand into a bout of soul-searching this week about its reputation as a...

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...

Asean woos Indian hosts

Asean is pressurising India to sign a liberalised pact in goods and services along with six East Asian economies, as the bloc looks for...

Death throes of hope

Myanmar’s latest Union Peace Conference, often called the 21st-century Panglong conference, is taking place at the end of the month amid fears that rebel...

China begins to weave rail web 

Construction of the Thai-Lao-Chinese railway has started in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand with the enticing prospect of high-speed trains linking China with Singapore,...

Economic titan, political worm 

As the year ends, Asean has not managed to change its status as a rising economic powerhouse and a political worm.  As Asean takes tentative steps...

Malaysian parties fail to inspire

Malaysians go to the polls next year as the complacent Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition eyes another five-year term. But voters are understandably uninspired as they...

Icon to pariah in 2 years 

The United States has for the first time called Myanmar's attacks against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State "ethnic cleansing", saying targeted sanctions against those...

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...

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Singapore targets Asean smart cities 

Asean’s leaders will gather in Singapore from today (Wednesday) until Saturday for the 32nd Asean summit with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong chairing.  Singapore says...

Suu Kyi to skip Asean summit 

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will skip this weekend’s Asean summit in Singapore and President Win Myint, who was sworn in last...

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...