Expect Papuan misery to increase

The looming 50th anniversary of a so-called referendum that condemned the two Papuan provinces to exploitation by Indonesia has coincided with a rising tide...

Vietnam faces Trump’s trade stick

The boom in Vietnamese exports to the US appears to be in jeopardy as Donald Trump is now targeting his key regional ally in...

Meth trade extends its web 

Intrepid visitors to Yangon should not miss the military’s bizarre Drug Elimination Museum.  Its gory mannequins depict the dangers of drug abuse and the military’s...

Thailand prepares coronation of unelected general 

Thailand is due to select its prime minister this week amid a rising number of attacks on pro-democracy campaigners.  The generals who seized power in...

Brunei’s hypocrites buckle under international pressure 

Brunei has climbed down after a sustained international campaign, saying it will not impose the death penalty for those convicted of having gay sex. The...

Myanmar’s democratic deficit 

The hopes that surrounded the November 2015 general election in Myanmar now seem a distant memory as democratic rights are systematically crushed in 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...

Philippines wakes to debt-trap peril

The Philippines seems to have caught up with its neighbours like Malaysia in waking to the perils of signing up to Chinese infrastructure projects....

Asean’s predictable elections could boost growth

Elections are scheduled in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in the next few months, leading to speculation about how political activity will affect Asean’s...

Singapore data-sharing raises privacy concerns

Hacking-prone Singapore has proposed technological reforms to allow consumers to switch between service providers without losing their data on sensitive information about loan repayments...

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Cambodia opposition leaders vow November return 

Cambodia’s opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, has said he plans to return to the increasingly oppressive state on November 9 along with fellow government critics. National...

Myanmar rebels coordinate northern attacks 

Rebel armies in Myanmar have killed at least 15 people, mostly soldiers, in attacks on a military academy and other government targets in the...

Singapore cuts GDP forecast amid recession fears

Singapore has cut its economic growth forecast as the Sino-Trump trade war worsens and data confirmed the slowest growth rate since the 2009 financial...