France stirs up troubled waters 

China’s military could spark trouble if it builds on the Scarborough Shoal. Source: Wikimedia  Talks in Singapore and Beijing in the last week have done little...

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...

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...

Malaysia’s economy stays strong amid Chinese stumble

Malaysia is coping with 2016 better than its Asean neighbours. Source: Wikimedia From the global perspective, 2016 has already caused significant economic concerns, with the...

Duterte’s odd road to peace

Peace with the communists has evaded successive administrations. Source: YouTube Not content to unleash the mass slaughter of any Filipino with an alleged link to...

A scandal that won’t die 

Malaysia is due to hold a general election in the next 12 months with the ruling United Malays National Organisation facing a tricky news...

Meth crisis will only get worse

Myanmar's Shan State supplies methamphetamines to the planet and exports are due to rise as billions are channelled into improving regional infrastructure, the Brussels-based...

Obama prepares to arm old foe

Vietnam’s once-seemingly invincible military was starved of investment for many years. Source: Wikimedia US President Barack Obama has announced an end to the US embargo...

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...

The shadow of succession

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn during last year’s cycling campaign to bolster support for the heir to the throne. Source: Wikimedia Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej marked 70...

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Thailand mulls stimulus to counter political uncertainty 

Amid Thailand’s political uncertainty, Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong has unveiled plans for Bt20 billion (US$629 million) of investment to kickstart the economy.  Growth was expected...

European Parliament condemns Brunei sharia laws

The European Parliament has condemned Brunei’s "retrograde" Islamic laws that punish gay sex and adultery with death by stoning, thieves with amputation and lesbian...

Prabowo defies unofficial results to claim victory

Indonesian presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto has claimed victory in yesterday’s (Wednesday) election, despite unofficial results indicating a comfortable win for President Joko Widodo. The financial...