Vietnam leads way with trade deal

    Port of Vancouver, the largest port on the west coast of North America by metric tonnes of total cargo. Source: Wikimedia While the Pacific region is moving...

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...

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...

Saudi donation key to unstable region

Malaysia's Najib Razak is looking secure again. Source: Wikimedia The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MCAA) and Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali today cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of...

Duterte’s mouth derails summit

China’s armed forces are unlikely to be sweating over the threat of coordinated Asean action. Source: Wikimedia As the region's leaders come together in Laos...

Rights crushed as election looms

Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party are looking to retain power in next year's general election and the inevitable consequence is...

Race to legalise medical marijuana

As the world wakes up to the health benefits and commercial potential of legalised cannabis, Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea are racing to become...

Asean ignores real killers

Thailand’s Songkran water festival, starting this week, results in numerous road deaths each year, but the Thai newspapers are filled with stories about a...

China’s Trump card

Coherent Donald Trump policies are yet to materialise. Source: Wikimedia Making predictions about the next few years became more challenging this month, especially as many...

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...

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Singapore mental health woes on rise: study

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is the third most common mental health conditions in Singapore, following depression and alcoholism, according to a study of 6,126 Singaporeans...

Malays celebrate Mahathir discrimination U-turn

Around 55,000 Malaysian Muslims protested in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend against an alleged attempt to remove ethnic Malays of their privileges, putting pressure...

Hun Sen: no Chinese naval base

Cambodia’s dictatorial prime minister, Hun Sen, has dismissed reports of a Chinese naval base on the Gulf of Thailand as "fake, lying and destructive...