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August 31, 2010
China usurping Japanese transport role in Asean
The quite modern 6-year-old MRT subway that I take to reach work at AseanAffairs was built with substantial help from the Japanese.  More

August 30, 2010
Cambodia, Thaksin, Thailand
On August 24, the government of the kingdom of Cambodia announced that fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, aka, Thaksin Sinatra, Taki Shinawat, had resigned his position as that government’s economic adviser.  More

August 29, 2010
Weekly Summary
These were the most important stories in the Asean region during the week of August 21-27.  More

August 27, 2010
Asean police, army units need training
The recent tourist bus standoff in Manila that resulted in the deaths of eight Hong Kong tourists at Quirino Grandstand in Manila’s Rizal Park is another incident highlighting the lack of training and professionalism in several Asean armies and police forces.  More

August 26, 2010
Learning a hard lesson
The Internet news sites were buzzing on Thursday about the United States’ no-show at the Asean Foreign Trade Ministers conference in Hanoi.  More

August 25, 2010
Economic scenario in Asean’s “heart”
“Connecting the dots” is a frequently used term and a valid intellectual exercise. Recent news stories suggest that four years before the advent of the Asean Economic Community in 2015, there could be economic improvement in what could be described as the “heart” of Asean: the close grouping of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.  More

August 24, 2010
Telecoms in Asean
Throughout the 20th century, as western countries surged progressively ahead in telecommunications, residents, tourists and expatriates had good reason to complain about the poor and often expensive telephone telephone communication from Asian cities to the rest of the world.  More

August 23, 2010
What’s going on in Thailand?
Today, as reported in our News Update section, was as local astrologers and soothsayers like to say, “an auspicious day” in Thailand as a much needed rail link to Suvaranabhumi Airport started operations.  More

August 22, 2010
Weekly Summary
These were the most important stories in the Asean region during the week of August 15-21.  More

August 20, 2010
Where is your next meal coming from?
Grabbing the headlines with the largest number of countries at risk for basic food supply to the surprise of hardly anyone was sub-Saharan Africa “because of the frequency of extreme weather events, high rates of poverty and failing infrastructures, including road and telecommunications networks, which decrease both production and distribution capacity.  More

August 19, 2010
Nationalism and foreign relations
When the Great Depression hit in the United States the adoption of the Hawley-Smoot tariff that raised U.S. tariffs on imported goods to the highest level in the country’s history is generally credited with exacerbating international trade and deepening that historic downturn. More

August 18, 2010
The junta isn’t worried
Things seem rosy for the ruling military junta in Myanmar.  More

August 17, 2010
Thai-Cambodian border dispute
It seems as though it is a never-ending dispute between Thailand and Cambodia involving 4.6 kilometers of border land that includes an ancient Hindu temple called Preah Vihear. More

August 16, 2010
Asean is working
This morning on my way to work I got behind a large truck carrying construction workers to their site. More

August 15, 2010
These were the top stories for the week of August 8-14 at AseanAffairs
In Thailand the auction for 3G spectrum scheduled for the fourth week of September appears more muddled than ever as directions from the government about the "new" spectrum remain as unclear as some of Bangkok's canals. More

August 13, 2010
Asean’s coming challenge
The current firestorm going on in Thailand over the nationalistic demands of its National Telecommunications Commission as to ownership and staffing of telecoms may prove an early signal of things to come during the next four years as the Asean Economic Community (AEC) approaches in 2015 or it may not. More

August 12, 2010
Don’t pay the taxman
In western countries not paying taxes to local or national governments can be considered a crime and one can land in jail or forfeit money or property or lose both freedom and funds, if one doesn’t pay the taxman. More

August 11, 2010
Climate change signs in Asia
There are those who believe that there is no climate change happening on the planet. They contend that the apparent warming of the globe is based on short-term time methods, after all the earth is thought to be 4 billion years old.  More

August 10, 2010
Laos on the move in hydropower
As most news-conscious readers know, every country is looking for more energy whether it comes from petroleum, hydro, coal, thermal, nuclear or alternative energy sources. More

August 9, 2010
Reflections on eating
Following the recent Save Our Planet-Malaysia event in Kuala Lumpur here are some reflections, especially on food. More

August 7, 2010
Weekly Summary
These were the most significant articles that were reported by AseanAffairs during the week of August 1-7. More

August 6, 2010
The Asean Economic Community draws closer
At week’s end an interesting development in Thailand may portend future battles centering around economic steps taken by individual Asean countries and provisions that the country has agreed to in signing Asean treaties. More

August 5, 2010
The Rainy Season
Mark Twain, the famous American author and humorist, is frequently quoted for his comments on weather, such as, "We all grumble about the weather, but" (dramatic pause) "--but--but nothing is done about it.” More

August 4, 2010
Intellectual property rights in Asia
Today’s news bring s a report from San Francisco where there has been a crackdown on designer fake goods. Eight shops were raided and a total of US$100 million in counterfeit handbags, watches and other goods were seized by Customs Enforcement agents. The indictment was filed July 22 but revealed only this week. More

August 3, 2010
China and the Greater Mekong Subregion
The startling photos of the islands of garbage floating in the lake above the Three Gorges Dam that are currently gracing the Internet again brings attention to that country’s disregard for environmental protection.More

August 2, 2010
Education in Asean countries

It is widely reported that educational standards have declined in most western countries and there are many reasons cited for that development from children playing computer games to the breakdown of the traditional two-parent family or the decline in the standards of teachers.


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