Rohingya demand Suu Kyi’s attention

A police checkpoint at a Rohingya area of Sittwe, Rakhine State’s capital. Source: Wikimedia   Now Aung San Suu Kyi, as Myanmar's de facto prime...

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...

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...

Obama’s coalition fails to block Beijing bulldozer

Vietnam People's Naval Infantry march on the Spratly Islands. Few analysts believe the Vietnamese can repeat their 1979 defeat of the Chinese. Source: Wikimedia In...

Mahathir: immaturing with age

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Source: Flickr Malaysia's turbulent political scene took a peculiar twist last week, even by the federation's standards, when the former...

Singapore braced for tough year

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Jakarta leads descent into homophobia

Eid al-Fitr mass prayer in Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. The government is increasingly appeasing conservative Islam. Source: Wikimedia Indonesia increasing...

Obama’s hidden Asean agenda

California’s Rancho Mirage forms the backdrop to the large obstacles being discussed by Asean. Source: Wikimedia Sunnylands in California today hosts the 10 Asean leaders...

Malaysia’s overflowing inbox

Malaysia's rulers juggle many cultural sensitivities. Source: Flickr Most of Malaysia’s ruling coalition will be pleased to see a busy year ahead with the federation...

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...

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