The junta lives on

Democratic reforms in Myanmar appear to have ground to a halt as the government of Aung San Suu Kyi continues to disappoint.  Myanmar's still-dominant military...

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...

Unanswered Thai crime

This week southern Thailand has seen another bomb attack specifically targeting civilians.  Violence has gripped the three Muslim-majority provinces on the Malaysian border since 2004. It...

Jakarta press event ignores Papua 

Indonesia is hosting World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta this week but has been criticised for failing to address media restrictions in Papua, where...

Jakarta’s religious card 

The future of one of the world's largest cities, Jakarta, lies in the balance. As ethnicity and religion have been increasingly exploited, the colossal...

Hun Sen drops pleasantries

  Cambodia has scrapped a long-running US military aid programme and heavily criticised western governments in parallel moves seen as an ongoing shift away from...

US demands war ‘debt’ from Hun Sen

South Vietnamese marines rush to leave the Cambodian town of Prey-Veng after an operation in 1970. On the sidelines of the ill-advised US war in...

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...

Myanmar’s false dawn

Buddhism is increasingly politicised in Myanmar. Picture credit: Asean Economist Foreigners dominate Myanmar's westernmost state of Rakhine, exploiting its natural resources and derailing its ethnic...

Duterte’s two faces 

President Rodrigo Duterte even wore a suit when he met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in October. Source: Wikimedia The colourful Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte,...

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