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December 16,  2011
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December 16,  2011
WEEKLY SUMMARY
Myanmar

Asean Weekly: Week Ending 16 December 2011More

December 16,  2011
Constitutional Crisis Erupts in Papua New Guinea
A political crisis has erupted in Papua New Guinea following the Supreme Court’s 3-2 decision on December 11 that Peter O’Neill’s election as prime minister was unconstitutional. The court ordered that former prime minister Sir Michael Somare be reinstated because the office was not legally vacant when O’Neill was elected on August 2. The majority of the country’s 109-seat Parliament is loyal to O’Neill and has passed retroactive legislation recognizing him as the prime minister. In an unprecedented development, the country is now faced with two competing prime ministers, governors general, police commissioners, and cabinets. For the moment, O’Neill seems to have control of the government, but public and legislative support remains divided, and the long-term repercussions of the crisis are far from resolved.
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December 9,  2011
WEEKLY SUMMARY
Myanmar

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December 7,  2011
"MIXED RESULTS FOR CORRUPTION FIGHT IN INDONESIA
Transparency International gave Indonesia another poor grade on December 1 in the country’s battle against corruption. Indonesia scored 3 out of a possible 10 (the cleanest score) in Transparency’s annual Corruptions Perception Index (CPI), a slight improvement from 2.8 last year. It also ranked 100 (an improvement from 110 last year) among the 183 countries surveyed. The results highlighted a widespread perception in Indonesia that the government is not doing enough in its efforts to tackle corruption.
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December 6,  2011
"EU’s excuses on climate change
Europe must stop making excuses and blaming others for its failure to commit to tackling global warming, Christian Aid says today as ministers
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November 30,  2011
"From Kanchi to Cambodia – Greater India revisited”
According to media news from Chennai, India, a Tamil Brahmin letter dated to 2nd century CE excavated from Phu Khao Thong in Thailand, Mahabaratha scenes in Angkor Wat in Cambodia, a bilingual inscription at Kandahar and the many forms of Lord Ganesha in South East Asia, all provide evidence of India's cultural influence in Asia.
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November 29,  2011
Durban Climate Conference: Climate crisis to add to Food Crisis.
DURBAN, South Africa: Storms and drought that have unleashed dangerous surges in food prices could be a "grim foretaste" of what lies ahead when climate change bites more deeply, Oxfam said on Monday.
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November 25,  2011
Greenhouses Gases in atmosphere at record high
GENEVA, 21 November 2011 (WMO) –The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new high in 2010
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November 24,  2011
Why Go to Myanmar?
Why should Hillary Clinton go to Myanmar?
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November 21-22,  2011
WEEKLY SUMMARY
China heard grumbling over Obama’s Asian trip
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November 15, 2011
The Future of World Trade: What’s Made in Asia Stays in Asia
As developed economies stumble, all eyes are on intra-Asia trade More

November 9, 2011
Xayaburi Dam debate flares up
A decision on whether the Xayaburi Dam is to be built is expected to be made at the upcoming MRC Council meeting, scheduled for December 7 - 9 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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November 8, 2011
Asian students beware of “university” scams
An unfortunate series of incidents involving students from India is winding its way through US courts.
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November 7, 2011
Bangkok ‘s challenge to remain afloat
As Bangkok fights the onslaught of floodwater coming into the city, the future of Bangkok and Jakarta, for that matter, comes into focus.
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November 5, 2011
WEEKLY SUMMARY
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of October 29-November 4.
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November 4, 2011
Tough monsoon year for Asean
Most of the international reporting of the ongoing flood crisis in Southeast Asia has focused on events in Thailand. However, there are four other Asean countries: Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam that are also experiencing the dangers brought on by two much water.
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November 3, 2011
Thailand appears headed for more crisis
Headlines proclaimed today that “20 percent of Bangkok is flooded.” That is small comfort for the 20 percent of Bangkok residents but much better solace for the 80 percent of residents who are dry. (This includes this reporter who years ago, quite by chance, picked the “right neighborhood” in which to live.)
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November 2, 2011
Go west for investments?
With Europe and the United States still battling the economic blues, some Asian leaders say it is time to get investments from those regions for Asia.
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November 1, 2011
Flood stressing residents
Residents of Bangkok’s suburbs are growing weary of inundation from flood waters and in some cases are taking things into their own hands by destroying barriers and demanding that sluice gates to be opened more widely.
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October 29, 2011
WEEKLY SUMMARY
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of October 22-28.
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October 28, 2011
Flood recovery will ignite political passions
The Thai flood situation reaches a critical peak this weekend as the ocean tides rise making it more difficult for flood waters to enter the Gulf of Thailand.
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October 27, 2011
Political and flood currents both swirl in Thailand
The newly elected Thai government has come under a good deal of scrutiny over its handling of Thailand’s monumental flood.
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October 26, 2011
Sexual imbalance in Asia’s largest economies
China and India are often touted as Asian countries that could dominate the 21st century as economic powers.
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October 25, 2011
Stock markets can be unpredictable
Sometimes stock markets can be entirely unpredictable.
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October 24, 2011
Perhaps real populism may now come to Thailand
Quite often  when disasters hit a country, they can bring about change by  forcing the established government, political , business and moneyed interests to rethink the issues. More

October 23, 2011
WEEKLY SUMMARY
These were the most news worthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of October 15-21.
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October 21, 2011
It’s a beautiful day in Bangkok
It’s a beautiful autumn-like day in Bangkok.
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October 20, 2011
Is Myanmar for real?
At a recent national day celebration at an embassy here in Bangkok, the defense attaché of an Asia-Pacific country approached me and asked “Do you think that the recent changes in Myanmar were real or merely intended to improve Myanmar’s bid to become chair of Asean in 2014?”
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October 19, 2011
Cambodia getting attention
The chairmanship of Asean belongs to Cambodia in 2012 and preceding the chairmanship, both the United States and China are shining the spotlight on the Kingdom.
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October 18, 2011
Japan may hold key to TPP trade deal
As reported in today’s News Update, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is inching forward.
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October 17, 2011
Floods may hit hard-drive industry
Thailand supplies 60 percent of the world’s hard-disk drives (HDD) with four of the leading manufacturers based in Thailand.
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October 16, 2011
WEEKLY SUMMARY
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of October 8-14.
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October 14, 2011
Japanese ask for more from Thai government
The worst flooding in Thailand is beginning to get on people’s nerves, not only Bangkok residents but Thailand’s biggest foreign investors.
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October 13, 2011
Feeding the world in 2050
The world population is expected to increase. Much of this increase will be concentrated in developing countries, with sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) leading the way, as its population is estimated to double from 770 million in 2005 to 1.5 billion by 2050.
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October 12, 2011
China and Vietnam patch things up
On the surface it appears that China and Vietnam have patched things up in the South China Sea or as the Vietnamese call it, the East Sea, territorial dispute.
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October 11, 2011
Myanmar to release prisoners
An unnamed official said on Monday that political prisoners in Myanmar would be freed “within days.”
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October 10, 2011
WEEKLY SUMMARY
These were the most newsworthy stories published during the week of September 1-September 7.
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October 7, 2011
Tsunami warning is tested
Almost seven years after the devastating tsunami of 2004, more than 20 nations* will participate on 12 October in a full-scale exercise to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System.
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October 6, 2011
Floods in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam
Since mid-August, tropical storms and seasonal southwest monsoon continue to bring heavy rains to Southeast Asian countries, in particular to Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Thailand.
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October 5, 2011
Is dam rejection a milestone for Myanmar?
It came suddenly without warning. No, I am not talking about another flash flood in Asean but the decision of Myanmar’s new government to stop work on the Myitsone dam on the Irrawaddy River.
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October 4, 2011
ASEAN’s growth to be domestically driven
Domestic consumption will be a key driver as ASEAN economies continue to outperform Western counterparts, according to ICAEW’s inaugural quarterly Economic Insight: South East Asia report, launched today.
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October 3, 2011
Philippines looks at rare earth production
Another Asean country, the Philippines, is taking a look at developing the rare earth business. The first country to take that step was Malaysia. Malaysia is moving ahead cautiously with the Lynas rare earth plant in Pahang.
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October 2, 2011
WEEKLY SUMMARY
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of September 24-30.
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