Kosal Khiev: howls of poetry at Cambodian ‘word jam’ weekend (video)

Calling all “angelheaded hipsters”. This weekend in Siem Reap “all scribes, poets, lovers and dreamers” are invited to attend — and lend their voices to — a pop-up literary festival featuring renowned Cambodian poet and artist Kosal Khiev. The three-day celebration of words and verse began Thursday featuring a performance by Mr Khiev, an art […]

Asean morning news for November 9

Asean morning news for November 9

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   PM to prioritise Asean sustainability Based on the themes of resilience and innovation, Thailand is preparing to make sustainability more of a priority for Asean as the kingdom prepares to chair the regional bloc next year. — Bangkok Post Defeated: Singapore, Brunei wipe out measles, […]

Asean morning news for November 8

Asean morning news for November 8

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   Golden Triangle’s drug production surges amid opioid worries Organised crime groups are expanding and diversifying drug production in Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle raising concern the region could emerge as a hub for synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, according to the UN’s Office on Drugs and […]

Asean morning news for November 7

Asean morning news for November 7

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   The case for RCEP as Asia’s next trade agreement Six years in the making, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is slated to become an ASEAN-centric, comprehensive free trade area. Its 16 negotiating parties are racing to reach a ‘substantial conclusion’ by the ASEAN summit […]

Asean morning news for November 6

Asean morning news for November 6

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   Asean politicians, Unesco: Impunity for journalist killings & abuse must end (video) A loose coalition of human-rights concerned politicians from across the region on Friday called on governments throughout Southeast Asia to end the increasing number of assaults and abuses of media workers throughout the […]

Asean morning news for November 5

Asean morning news for November 5

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   Smart logistics boosts Asean’s economic integration with China Last year more than 40 billion packages were delivered in China – half the world’s global total. — The Nation Commentary: The rebirth of the ASEAN miracle growth model The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has come a […]

Asean morning news for November 2

Asean morning news for November 2

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   Asean minimum wages: ‘Measly’ pay rise sees Filipinos’ wages continue to shrink (video) A Philippine labour group which last Thursday slammed a proposed PHP20 (about US$0.37) daily minimum wage increase for workers in Metro Manila as “demeaning” and out of step with rising inflation, yesterday […]

Asean morning news for November 1

Asean morning news for November 1

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   11 countries to launch TPP deal without USA and PH A trade pact between 11 Pacific Rim nations will come into force this year after Australia became the sixth country to ratify it, nearly two years after President Trump withdrew the US from talks. — […]

Asean morning news for October 31

Asean morning news for October 31

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   Financing for clean energy projects pushed for ASEAN economies To push more environment-friendly alternatives into the energy mix of economies in the region, a clean energy financing roadmap has been cast during the 36th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) here. — Manila Bulletin China’s […]

Asean morning news for October 30

Asean morning news for October 30

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   ASEAN endorses roadmap to meet region’s increasing energy demand The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has endorsed an energy investment roadmap designed to attract investment and build sustainable financing models to meet increasing energy needs. — Channel NewsAsia China to work with ASEAN on […]

Asean morning news for October 29

Asean morning news for October 29

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   Minimum wages surge across Southeast Asia Minimum wages in Southeast Asia are rising sharply as governments strive to please their publics, but the trend could slow foreign investment as the region loses its edge as a low-cost production hub. — Nikkei Asian Review (paywall) ASEAN […]

Laos dam collapse: bombshell accusations, few answers (video) *Updated

Laos dam collapse: bombshell accusations, few answers (video) *Updated

  Questions, accountability concerns, and controversies continue to swirl around the Laos dam disaster in July that killed more than 40 villagers, as evidenced by a range of new reports that stretch from South Korea to Thailand. The collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam complex displaced thousands of local people in southern Laos’ Attapeu province, […]