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...

Does Thailand need another coup?

The coup was the easy part. Source: Wikimedia Incompetent economic policies and repression of any form of protest appear to be dominating the Thai news...

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...

Media toils under state repression

Myanmar’s Eleven Media Group is an independent newspaper established under the glare of the generals. Source: Asean Economist Myanmar is opening up as the democratic...

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,...

Rare good news for Asean media

Malaysia has repealed the controversial anti-fake news law, which has been widely condemned for stifling free speech since its introduction by the previous government...

Vietnam completes online clampdown

Legislation requiring internet companies operating in Vietnam to remove content the one-party state regards as "toxic" has come into effect, in a move critics...

Shy Laos takes centre stage

Popular with backpackers, Laos is usually neglected by everyone else. Source: Flickr So long neglected by the great powers, media and business, Laos has taken...

Jokowi’s mixed messages

Jakarta International School. Indonesia’s expat institutions are feeling the pinch. Source: Wikimedia As ever, Indonesia is sending out mixed messages. It wants foreign investment but...

Same, same: but different

The 1977 Pulitzer Prize-winning picture by Neal Ulevich of the Associated Press. Source: Flickr Forty years after the October 6, 1976, massacre of students at...

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