Will Rodrigo Duterte Drag The Philippines Back To The Marcos Era?

Will Rodrigo Duterte Drag The Philippines Back To The Marcos Era?

In just over two weeks time Rodrigo Duterte will be sworn in as the 16th president of the Philippines. However, even before his inauguration on June 30 there are increasing concerns that the country is on the verge of slipping back to the dark days of the 70s and 80s when Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., ruled […]

Cambodia Fragrant Rice Exports to EU Threatened by Rogue Traders

Cambodia Fragrant Rice Exports to EU Threatened by Rogue Traders

Cambodia fragrant rice exports to the European Union (EU) are in jeopardy due to cheating by rogue exporters mixing lower quality grains with the country’s premium product. At the recent 9th EU-Cambodia Joint Committee meeting in Phnom Penh Cambodia was again warned that mixed milled rice will be an obstacle for its rice to be […]

Cambodia: Asia’s New Tiger Economy

Cambodia: Asia’s New Tiger Economy

Once synonymous with conflict and poverty, the Cambodia economy is one of the fastest growing globally. Since 2011 Cambodia’s economy has grown by 7 per cent or more and this pace is expected to continue through 2017, at least so says the Asian Development Bank’s (ADBs) Asian Development Outlook 2016 report According to the ADB […]

Ageing in Vietnam: How to Live Long And Prosper

Ageing in Vietnam: How to Live Long And Prosper

When it comes to development success stories it’s hard to look past Vietnam. After shrugging off the colonialist French it withstood saturation bombing by the USA before pushing back the Chinese. The political and economic (Đổi Mới) reforms towards building a socialist-oriented market economy initiated at the 6th National Congress have seen the country grow […]

No Changes Mooted Following Thai Army Bastardisation Death

Mourning friends and relatives of Thai army conscript Private Songtham Moodmud, killed in a Thai army bastardisation session in Yala, farewell his body. Video uploaded to YouYube by khaosod English   In Thailand a family is in mourning following the beating to death of their son, a recent conscript in the Royal Thai Army (RTA). […]

Playboy Bunny Fearz Poonnada Killed Drunk Driving in Thailand (video)

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Playboy Thailand Brand Ambassador Poonnada “Fearz” Sirichaisasul has been killed in a single-vehicle, high-speed crash in Bangkok, the latest hi-so celebrity said to be a victim of drunk driving in Thailand. The 25-year-old Playboy Bunny was appointed brand ambassador for Playboy Thailand last year. Apart from contact details for her manager, hundreds of photos and a […]

Asean’s Poorest Performing – Singapore 2015 GDP Plummets 39.39%

Asean’s Poorest Performing – Singapore 2015 GDP Plummets 39.39%

A eight month record industrial output slump of 6.7 per cent in December has seen Singapore record its slowest annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth in six years. Figures released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) today (Wednesday, February 24) show Singapore 2015 GDP grew by just 2.0 per cent – a 39.39 […]

Thailand Weakest Asean Economy in 2016 – World Bank

Thailand Weakest Asean Economy in 2016 – World Bank

The World Bank has forecast modest economic growth in 2016 with global gross domestic product (GDP) forecast to increase by 20.83 per cent from 2.4 per cent in 2015 to 2.9 per cent this year. However, “anaemic recovery in emerging markets” will “weigh heavily on global growth” while “simultaneous weakness in most major emerging markets […]

Thailand government riled by AP claim it ignored human trafficking

Thailand government riled by AP claim it ignored human trafficking

It’s not very often that governments anywhere hold press conferences in response to media stories and it’s especially the case in Thailand where the international media is largely regarded as little more than annoying foreigners who don’t understand the “Thai way” of doing things. In fact since seizing power in a bloodless coup in May […]

2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration Formalises Asean Community Start

The Asean Economic Community (AEC) will officially commence at 00:01 on January 1, 2016 after the heads of Asean member states today, Sunday November 22, 2015, signed the 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the Establishment of the Asean Community. In a brief, but grand ceremony before world leaders and dignitaries Asean Chair and current Malaysia […]

Asean Media #GoThailandGoAsean

Asean Media #GoThailandGoAsean

The idea seems simple enough. Gather a small group of social-media savvy journalists from across Asean and get them to illustrate the letters of the association’s acronym through pictures and words in accordance with what the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have deemed them to mean – Adventure; Spa & Health; Elegant Culture; Amazing Food; […]