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July 30, 2010
Population report arrives

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) (
http://www.prb.org) has just released its 2010 report and the reports offers an interesting look into how the human race looks now and how it will look by 2050. More

July 29, 2010
Needs make for strange bedfellows

It seems that in the world of power politics, high-minded principles are sacrificed for meeting a country’s needs.
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July 28, 2010
China is buying into Asean

Two recent news items underlined China’s growing influence in Southeast Asia-Asean countries, beyond the reactionary puppet states of Myanmar and North Korea that it has propped up for years. 
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July 27, 2010
Tourism up in Asia

Reports for the first half of the year are filtering in from the many countries that comprise the 10-member Asean group and the results are positive.
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July 26, 2010
The Thai election

On Sunday, July 25, the first election in Thailand since the red-shirt rally was dispersed May 19 was held in Bangkok
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July 21, 2010
Censorship in Asean

The 10-member Asean group encompasses a wide range of political cultures based on a wide range of religions from Buddhism, Muslim, Catholicism and other Christian beliefs plus a good deal of animism and superstitious belief thrown in the pot.
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July 20, 2010
Developing an identity

Although the start of the Asean Economic Community is more the 4 years off, following developments within the 10-member Asean community and between its member nations , one can sense the parts (the countries) are beginning to form the whole.
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July 19, 2010
A touching event

Today was Martyr’s Day in Burma (Myanmar.) The day commemorates the assassination of independence hero, General Aung San. He was the father of Aung San Suu Kyi, 65, who continues under house arrest.
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July 16, 2010
The quiet insurrection in Thailand’s south

Two news stories today again focused my attention on the seemingly intractable insurgency in the south of Thailand.
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July 15, 2010
Smuggling in Southeast Asia

By coincidence, today’s news had two stories describing that age-old method of commerce that still flourishes in the developing world and elsewhere-smuggling.
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July 14, 2010
The City

It’s a rather noisy place, except there are some narrow streets where one can hear a pin drop and live quietly.
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July 13, 2010
Energy and water in Asia-Pacific

For economy-watchers it’s somewhat old news that Asian countries, especially the Chinese and Indian economies, have avoided the economic malaise that starting hitting western countries in 2008.
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July 10, 2010
Weekly summary

Thailand and Vietnam, the world's two largest rice exporters, face severe drought conditions that threaten to severely undermine this year's crops and global supplies, Asia Times reports.
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July 9, 2010
Whose to blame?
In a story that came out today, wire services reported the release of a report by Reporters Without Borders on the street protest violence that went down in Bangkok May 19. More

July 8, 2010
Labor mobility in Asean
When Nobel prize winner, Robert Mundell, Ph.D, now known as the “father of the euro” first conceived the notion of a single-currency common market, a key factor was the mobility of labor. More

July 7, 2010
Growing fatter in Asia
A preconception that westerners have that actually holds true now, but may not necessarily be maintained in future generations, is that Asians are shorter and leaner than westerners. More

July 6, 2010
Security: do you have it?
This week’s news seems to indicate a world full of insecurity and quite frankly, jitters. On the global scene, the world’s stock markets seem to have the creeps about a double-dip recession. More

July 5, 2010
Preserving ancient wisdom
One thing that a westerner notices when he or she arrives in any of the warmer Asean countries is the proliferation of foliage and how it grows so rapidly. More

July 3, 2010
Asean Affairs weekly summary for the week beginning June 27
For all the Asean countries help may be coming for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The Asean region is attempting to set up a fund to develop small and medium-sized (SMEs), but the process may take years, say experts in the field, the Bangkok Post reports. More

July 2, 2010
Green is the Asean color
Brunei is the second-smallest country of the 10-member Asean group, but does have a length full name-State of Brunei Darussalam the Abode of Peace.  More

This week’s news seems to indicate a world full of insecurity and quite frankly, jitters.
On the global scene, the world’s stock markets seem to have the creeps about a double-dip recession.
July 16, 2010
The quiet insurrection in Thailand’s south

Two news stories today again focused my attention on the seemingly intractable insurgency in the south of Thailand.
More

July 15, 2010
Smuggling in Southeast Asia

By coincidence, today’s news had two stories describing that age-old method of commerce that still flourishes in the developing world and elsewhere-smuggling.
More

July 14, 2010
The City

It’s a rather noisy place, except there are some narrow streets where one can hear a pin drop and live quietly.
More

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