December 16, 2011
Asean Weekly: Week Ending 16 December 2011 More
December 16, 2011
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.
December 9, 2011
Clinton visits MyanmarMore
December 7, 2011
"MIXED RESULTS FOR CORRUPTION FIGHT IN INDONESIA
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
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
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.
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.
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
November 24, 2011
Why Go to Myanmar?
Why should Hillary Clinton go to Myanmar?
November 21-22, 2011
China heard grumbling over Obama’s Asian tripMore
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,
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.
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.
November 5, 2011
November 4, 2011Tough monsoon year for Asean
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of October 29-November 4.
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.
November 3, 2011
November 2, 2011Go west for investments?
Thailand appears headed for more crisis
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
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.
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.
October 29, 2011
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of October 22-28. More
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.
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.
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.
October 25, 2011
October 24, 2011Perhaps real populism may now come to ThailandQuite
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
Stock markets can be unpredictable
Sometimes stock markets can be entirely unpredictable.
October 23, 2011
October 21, 2011It’s a beautiful day in Bangkok
These were the most news worthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of October 15-21.
It’s a beautiful autumn-like day in Bangkok.
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?”
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.
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.
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.More
October 16, 2011
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of October 8-14.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
October 11, 2011
Myanmar to release prisoners
An unnamed official said on Monday that political prisoners in Myanmar would be freed “within days.” More
October 10, 2011
These were the most newsworthy stories published during the week of September 1-September 7.More
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. More
October 6, 2011
Floods in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam
tropical storms and seasonal southwest monsoon continue to bring heavy
rains to Southeast Asian countries, in particular to Cambodia, Lao PDR,
Vietnam and Thailand. More
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. More
October 4, 2011
ASEAN’s growth to be domestically driven
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. More
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. More
October 2, 2011
These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of September 24-30.More