Thai sex trade in spotlight

It took an unguarded remark from a Gambian minister to send Thailand into a bout of soul-searching this week about its reputation as a...

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...

Back to the dark ages 

Thailand is currently experiencing an uneasy peace but this might not last if Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha delays his promised general election again as...

Myanmar steps towards debt trap

Myanmar plans to reduce the cost of the Chinese-backed Kyaukpyu special economic zone and port, cap its external debt load and avoid repeating the...

Is Myanmar’s military really loosening its grip on power?

Myanmar’s mobile artillery in action. Source: Flickr Myanmar's Tatmadaw or military appears to be relaxing its iron grip on the country but in many respects...

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Malaysia has repealed the controversial anti-fake news law, which has been widely condemned for stifling free speech since its introduction by the previous government...

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...

Spotlight shines on wealthy minority 

Anti-Chinese riots in May 1998 in Jakarta. Source: Wikimedia The tiny community of ethnic Chinese-Indonesians in Jakarta has vast influence and could be key to...

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...

Annual Thai road carnage looms 

As Thailand prepares for its new year holiday this month, almost 200 hospitals are asking for more blood to cope with the inevitable road...

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