November 30, 2010
French influence in Laos, Cambodia remains
Recent events in Laos and Cambodia indicate that although
France is no longer a colonial power in Laos and Cambodia their trade
relationships with the two Asean countries remain strong.More
November 29, 2010
Thai court absolves ruling party
This afternoon four of six judges of Thailand’s
Constitutional Court dismissed a case alleging electoral fraud against
the ruling Democrat party, which currently heads a coalition government .More
November 28, 2010
These were the most significant news stories published by AseanAffairs during the week of November 20-26.More
November 26, 2010
Are Asean countries prepared for the AEC?
As this year comes to an end there appears to be a good
deal of uneasiness in a number of Asean countries about the arrival of
the Asean Economic Community in 2015.More
November 25, 2010
Black and White for Thanksgiving – The Mourning After
This Thanksgiving Day, I am wearing black and white.More
November 24, 2010
Asia-Pacific has its own oil spill
Although the Gulf oil spill captured headlines for quite
some time, the Asia-Pacific has its own oil spill issue and this one
involves two governments to boot.More
November 23, 2010
Legal foot-dragging in the Philippines and Thailand
Nov. 23, 2009, marks the date of what has come to be known in the Philippines as the Maguindano massacre.More
November 22, 2010
Headlines, videos can mislead
In July at the end of the second fiscal quarter, when
Thailand’s yearly economic growth was announced at 9.7 percent, the
Asean Affairs office was flooded by foreign media asking for comments,
as the red shirt protest had occurred during that same time period and
put simply, the question was, “How can this be?” More
November 21, 2010
These were the most significant stories published by AseanAffairs during the week of November 13-19.
November 19, 2010
A Loy Krathong weekend
weekend Thailand ushers in one of its quintessential holidays, Loy
Krathong, when Thais create small floats and place them on the water to
“ship their troubles away.”
November 18, 2010
A new Asiawide currency?
week Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, concerned about the effects
of his country’s soaring currency, the baht, due to massive capital
inflows, proposed the use of the Chinese yuan as a major regional
November 17, 2010
Asian economic uncertainties
There still is an air of uncertainty floating around Asia amid several economic uncertainties.
November 16, 2010
U.S. movement on Myanmar
November 7 election in Myanmar was widely criticized in the West for
not being open and fair and the victory of the junta-backed Union
Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) party, carrying 80 percent of
the parliamentary seats was expected.
November 15, 2010
Thai industry flees to lowest cost and regulatory site-Myanmar
On of the bigger stories in the Asean world today is the Thai-backed development of
a huge port and industrial estate development in Dawei (Tavoy), in southern Myanmar.
November 14, 2010
These were the most significant stories reported by Asean Affairs
November 12, 2010
Economic challenges for the developed world
In the wake of the G-20 meeting in South Korea, an interesting story snared my attention.
November 11, 2010
Myanmar drama continues
recent elections in Myanmar were anti-climatic, the outcome was
predetermined that the government through its pro-junta Union Solidarity
and Development Party (USDP) would sweep to victory and it did with 80
percent of the votes, although the validity of the whole election
dictated by the junta is subject to question.
November 10, 2010
Burma: Election opens Pandora’s Box
war is the continuation of politics by other means, as von Clausewitz
said, Burma stands to be a good candidate for this after an
internationally condemned election.
November 9, 2010
The dust settles
afternoon, the results of the Mynamar election were announced and to no
one’s surprise the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party
(USDP) claimed a victory in 80 percent of the available parliamentary
November 8, 2010
Will there be unity over biodiversity?
Asia's economy is the fastest growing in the world.
November 7, 2010
These were the most significant stories that appeared on Asean Affairs during the week of October 29-November 5.
November 5, 2010
“Who dun it” in Myanmar?
days before the controversial elections are to be held in Myanmar, a
cyber-attack has hit Myanmar’s highly censored Internet. More
November 4, 2010
President Obama's Asia Travel: Why Getting to Indonesia Matters
US President Barack Obama will visit four countries, attend two summits and seek to
elevate two strategic relationships during his November trip.
November 3, 2010
Nobody can stop Burma, why?
Amid domestic and international rejections, Burma’s military regime is going
to hold an election on Sunday.
November 2, 2010
PIMCO's Bill Gross says US dollar may drop 20 percent
The greenback"is in danger of losing 20 percent of its value if the US Federal
Reserve continues its unconventional monetary easing, Bill Gross, the
manager of the world's largest Bond fund, PIMCO, said Monday.
November 1, 2010
Will they or won’t they vote?
election day, November 7, approaches in Myanmar stories that could be
described as “peculiar” are coming out of that country just in time for
an election that itself could be described as peculiar.