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Asean Affairs    5  November  2011


  By David Swartzentruber

 AseanAffairs     5  November 2011


These were the most newsworthy stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of October 29-November 4.

Big jump in global warming
The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. READ MORE:

ADB supports Laos dam
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide approximately US$465 million to support the construction of a 440-megawatt hydropower plant that will supply power to energy-hungry Thailand and provide much-needed revenue to fund poverty reduction programs in Laos. READ MORE:

Philippines bans OSWs from 41 countries
The Philippines said Wednesday it had banned Filipinos from traveling to work in 41 countries and territories that had allegedly failed to provide enough safeguards to protect them from abuse. READ MORE:

Thai electricity head says dams not at fault
Unusually heavy rains, not dam mismanagement, were the main factor behind the severity of this year's floods, says Sutat Patmasiriwan, the governor of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat). READ MORE:

Academics call for stronger Asean Secretariat
While Asean embarks on its ambitious agenda of building a regional community by 2015, and expanding the East Asia Summit to incorporate the global community of nations, there is need to enhance the institutional capacity and resources of Asean, say several scholars. READ MORE:

Flooding hits Jakarta
Torrential rains hit the southern parts of Greater Jakarta on Monday, causing the Krukut River to overflow and inundate hundreds of houses in Pondok Labu, with flood waters up to two meters deep in some areas. More than 1,200 residents were evacuated. READ MORE:
Hot money slumps
Philippine hot money inflows slumped in the first two weeks of October as investors flew to safety amid fears Europe’s debt crisis would erode global economic recovery. READ MORE:

Singaporeans don’t understand presidency
A survey by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) found that Singaporeans appear to have a limited understanding of the Elected Presidency. READ MORE:

Inner Bangkok safe
Inner Bangkok has passed the danger point as October 31 was the last day of high tide. READ MORE:
Thailand drained in 10 days?
About 5.5 billion cubic meters of northern runoff will be drained into the sea within 10 days, the Thai Flood Relief Operation Command (Froc) says. READ MORE:

Natalegawa welcomes reform
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has welcomed the signs of political reform in Myanmar during a visit aimed at assessing the military-dominated nation’s bid to chair the Asean regional bloc. READ MORE:

Philippines wants new tax structure
The Philippines is seeking financial assistance from international donors to craft a new taxation structure for the country, which will be ready when all revenue leakages are plugged under the present system. READ MORE:

Cambodia retreats on NGO law
The most contentious point in the draft law on associations and NGOs – mandatory registration – is gone, a Ministry of Interior official announced at a conference on aid effectiveness yesterday morning.
The ministry’s deputy director of political affairs, Mey Narath, also said the draft had been simplified. READ MORE:

Indonesia passes social security bill
On the last day that the long-awaited social security bill could be passed into law, the House of Representatives announced it had made history. READ MORE:

Thai airport remains safe
Suvarnabhumi airport, Thailand’s international airport, remains safe. Authorities are confident they can handle the flood crisis but a team of Japanese safety experts remains concerned about its power supply sustainability, which is key to flood drainage. READ MORE:

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This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More


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