Geopolitics

Geopolitics

Covax: The Global Plan To Share COVID Vaccines

The Covax programme, bolstered by the new United States (US) presidency on Thursday, aims to secure enough COVID-19 vaccines this year for the most vulnerable 20 percent in every country, rich or poor. Top US government scientist Anthony Fauci told the World Health Organization (WHO) that the United States intends to join Covax, the globally-pooled coronavirus vaccine procurement and equitable distribution effort. The move should give the facility a much-needed powerful impetus - amid fears that rich countries are undermining the project by cutting their own direct deals with manufacturers

Thai Opposition Figure Vows To Fight On

A billionaire Thai opposition figure accused of defaming the country's monarchy has vowed to keep campaigning for reform, despite facing what he dubbed a "politically motivated" lawsuit. Those convicted under Thailand's strict royal defamation laws can face up to 15 years in jail per charge, and earlier this week a former civil servant was sentenced to more than 43 years for sharing audio clips deemed defamatory to the monarchy.  Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the founder of the now-dissolved Future Forward Party, is facing legal action over a video he posted Monday criticising the

China Triumphant One Year After Wuhan Lockdown

"People Supremacy, Life Supremacy" reads the sign at a Wuhan exhibition, where visitors are greeted by a paean to China's triumph over the pandemic and the agility of its communist leadership in a crisis.  Saturday marks one year since the start of a 76-day lockdown of Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected before sweeping across the world and killing more than two million people. With China's official death toll from the virus under 5,000, Beijing is on a prolonged victory lap to promote its narrative of how it contained COVID-19, engineered vaccines, and

Biden Enters The White House

Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States (US) Wednesday with an upbeat call to end the nation's deep schisms as he immediately erased a slew of Donald Trump's most divisive policies. Standing on the steps of the US Capitol that was ransacked by pro-Trump mobs exactly two weeks earlier, Biden was sworn in moments after Kamala Harris took the oath as America's first woman vice president. "Democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed," Biden said before a National Mall that was virtually empty due to the ultra-tight security

Energy

Solar Power Use In Myanmar

The ASEAN Post has published articles on extreme climate in ASEAN member states such as in Myanmar and its threat to the locals, agriculture, and ecosystems.  It is said that Myanmar is one of the most vulnerable…

Making Hydropower ‘Greener’

Hydropower technology is considered a clean renewable energy source. It is generated by converting kinetic and potential energy from falling water into rotating shaft power, which can be used to drive an electricity…

China's Coal Addiction Erodes Climate Goals

China's surprise pledge to slash its carbon footprint to zero by 2060 was met with cautious applause, but fresh spending on coal to rev up a virus-hit economy threatens to nullify its audacious bid to lead the world…

Can China Be Carbon Neutral By 2060?

Xi Jinping's shock promise to lead the world into a safer climate future was thin on details, leaving many questions unanswered on how the world's worst polluter will meet a 2060 carbon neutral target. China is…

Markets

US, China Dominated Arms Market In 2019

United States (US) and Chinese companies dominated the global arms market in 2019, while the Middle East made its first appearance among the 25 biggest weapons manufacturers, a report by the SIPRI research institute…

Asian Markets Mostly Up On Vaccine, Stimulus Hope

Investors pushed Asian markets higher Friday on continued optimism over vaccines and on signs of progress on a new United States (US) stimulus, though surging infections and deaths highlighted the painful, immediate…

World Economy Back To Pre-COVID Level In 2021?

The global economy may get back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year as vaccines help propel recovery, but growth is likely to be uneven, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said…

Hong Kong, Singapore Travel Bubble Popped

A planned travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore was scrapped a day before its launch on Saturday after the southern Chinese city announced a sudden spike in coronavirus cases. The decision is both a blow to the…

Technology

Cryptocurrencies Impacting The Environment

Cryptocurrency is a decentralised virtual currency that is deemed to be more efficient than traditional currencies because it is regulated by a community of users.  As of 2019, the top 100 cryptocurrencies had a market…

Digital Payments In A Pandemic World

The coronavirus crisis has disrupted businesses everywhere. From large corporations to start-ups and small vendors – industries are feeling the pinch from the pandemic. Sectors such as tourism and aviation have been hit…

Dating Apps Thriving In A Pandemic?

When the COVID-19 outbreak began, some observers initially predicted that online dating would take a hit from the pandemic as many are staying indoors and practicing social distancing. However, media reports claim that…

The Dangers Of Deepfakes

If you have been on Facebook or Instagram lately, you would have surely seen a number of short clips of Rihanna’s music video Diamond, or any other videos for that matter – but instead of the celebrity’s face in the…

Environment

Health Workers: Exhausted And At Risk

On 20 January, media reports of a medical officer who allegedly passed away from exhaustion shocked Malaysians. A charity group called ‘Skuad Pengurusan Jenazah Malaysia’ (Malaysian Funeral Management Squad) claimed…

Indonesian Medics Overwhelmed By Quake Casualties

Medics battled exhaustion and the risk of COVID-19 as they raced Monday to treat scores of people injured by a devastating earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island. At least 84 were killed and thousands left homeless…

Nations Failing To Fund Climate Adaptation: UN

The world is falling short of promises made under the Paris climate deal to help the most vulnerable nations deal with the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations (UN). …

Rains Hamper Hunt For Indonesia Quake Survivors

Torrential monsoon rains hampered the hunt Sunday for anyone still buried alive under buildings flattened by a powerful earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, after the huge tremor killed at least 81 and left…

10 Fun & Exciting Places in Singapore to Take Your Kids to

As a parent, thinking of a holiday in Singapore with your children will be equal parts fun and stressful. It’ll be fun because you get to project your own childhood dreams of visiting or experiencing a certain activity (wink wink) and also get to spend time with your little buddies.  However, it can also get...