February 28, 2011
Threats to the Mekong rise
A recent report from Vietnam that brackish water is making
its way into the Mekong Delta earlier than usual again underlines the
serious threats to the ecology of the Mekong River that continue to be
February 27, 2011
These were the most significant stories reported by Asean Affairs during the week of February 19-25.
February 25, 2011
New dawn for jailed red shirts
Nine months after being jailed for participation in the red
shirt protest that ended on May 19, 2010, seven leaders, all men, were
released from a Thai prison this week.
February 24, 2011
Oil, food and money
Without doubt the biggest story in Asean today is the same
story worldwide-the ongoing struggles in the Mideast that are sure to
raise the price of oil and take a bite out of Asian economies.
February 23, 2011
Progress against dengue
In Southeast Asia dengue fever can be a killer.
February 22, 2011
Cambodian-Thai border dispute heads to Indonesia
Since Asean started in August 1967, while negligent in many
areas, the one area where Asean has been effective is that no
member-state has gone to war with another.
February 21, 2011
2050-A pivotal year?
In earlier times, 1984, courtesy of George Orwell, was
heralded as a year that could witness the change of the earth as we know
it. However, today’s new suggests that the year 2050 could actually be
the critical year.
February 20, 2011
These were the most significant stories reported by Asean Affairs during the week of February 12- 18.
February 18, 2011
Inflation moves west
For the last several months inflation, spiked by rising
food and commodity prices, has been an issue in Asean countries and now
the inflation bug has moved to the West.
February 17, 2011
China and Asean-a good fit?
When western companies move to China, questions of protection of their intellectual property rights (IPR) usually arise.
February 16, 2011
Alternative energy in developing countries
If the financing of alternative energy in developed
countries is an issue, then the problem becomes even more severe in the
February 15, 2011
Drought in China
As stories about the rise in food prices continue to be a
daily feature of Asian news, right behind those stories is the impact of
drought on China’s wheat supply.
February 14, 2011
Spies in Thailand
Today in New York City the Thai and Cambodian foreign
ministers and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa will speak
before the UN Security Council on the recent border conflicts between
Thailand and Cambodia.
February 13, 2011
These were the most important stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of February 5-February 11.
February 11, 2011
Wildlife trafficking continues in Thailand
Chatuchak Market in Bangkok is world famous and often a
“must-see” for tourists while visiting Thailand. The market covers about
eight football fields and sells items of all description.
February 10, 2011
Food, glorious food
Almost every day while sifting through Asian news of the
day, a song from the Broadway hit, “Oliver!,” comes to mind. The title
of today’s Asean Analysis gives it away, “Food, glorious food”.
February 9, 2011
Another Thai-Cambodian dispute
Although the current dispute over the 11th century Hindu
temple, Preah Vihear, has embroiled Thailand and Cambodia in military
action, another disagreement lurks in the Gulf of Thailand over offshore
gas and oil reserves.
February 8, 2011
Fire on the border
The on-again off-again border dispute between Cambodia and
Thailand is now in remission with indications that both sides have some
understanding that talking is better than shooting at each other.
February 7, 2011
Asean offers mediation in Thai-Cambodia dispute
The deteriorating situation along the Thai-Cambodian border is undermining
confidence in Asean and affecting economic recovery, tourism and investment prospect
in the region, said Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in his urgent message to the two Asean Member States
now trading cross-border fire with casualties on both sides.
February 6, 2011
These were the most important news stories published by Asean Affairs during the week of January 29-February 4:
February 4, 2011
Obesity in Asia follows global pattern
A recent media report highlighting a “tsunami of obesity
world wide” focused largely on statistics in the western world compiled
by research teams from the Imperial College of London, Harvard and the
World Health Organization.
February 3, 2011
A quiet day, except for firecrackers, in Asean
In the midst of news about the upheaval in Eqypt and
other less consequential news offerings, Asean countries slow down just a
bit to kick off the 15-day Chinese New Year.
February 2, 2011
Indonesia and inflation
Indonesia, Asean’s largest economy that accounts for 40
percent of the total Asean economy, is taking a cautious approach to
handling the current wave of inflation in Asean.
February 1, 2011
Overfishing in Asia
It’s now the high season for tourism in Asia as the weather has turned cooler and drier.