Sending the Rohingya home to die?

The United Nations (UN) recently warned that the repatriation of the Rohingya already driven from the country by the Myanmar army remains "impossible", stating that Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are already facing a "serious risk of genocide". A report from a fact-finding mission to Myanmar, set up…

Hot off the press

These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today.  Get up to speed with what’s happening in the fastest growing region in the world.  Future of semiconductor industry in Singapore remains bright  The current slowdown in the global…

UN questions Suu Kyi’s role in Rohingya abuses

United Nations (UN) investigators called Tuesday for an expert evaluation of whether Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi can be legally implicated in the abuses committed against the country’s Rohingya minority. The fact-finding mission to Myanmar, set up by the UN Human Rights Council,…

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These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today.  Get up to speed with what’s happening in the fastest growing region in the world.   Analysts pour cold water on proposal to sue Indonesia at the ICJ A proposal for Malaysia to sue Indonesia at…



Indonesian solar lessons from Vietnam 

During the recent Jakarta Car Free Day on 28 July, Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ignasius Jonan, led a campaign called the National Movement of A Million…

Today’s waste is tomorrow’s energy

Global waste is expected to grow to 3.40 billion tonnes by 2050, more than double the population growth over the same period. According to a 2018 World Bank report, ‘What a Waste…

Solar power shines in Myanmar

Myanmar’s launch of its first commercial solar plant last month is a step in the right direction for a country that has yet to provide more than half of its citizens with proper…



Indonesia's fisheries not managed efficiently

Blessed with six million square kilometres of ocean territory, Indonesia’s fisheries industry could make a larger contribution to its economy if better managed. Southeast Asia’s largest economy is…

New era at Alibaba as Jack Ma rides into the sunset

Jack Ma stepped aside as leader of the Alibaba Group on Tuesday, ending a spectacularly successful 20-year run during which the charismatic former English teacher’s e-commerce company left a profound…

Southeast Asia’s lucrative tuna industry

Tuna is the world’s most valuable fish. It can be found in inexpensive cans on a supermarket shelf or on the auction block being sold at high prices for its premium flesh, destined for high-end…

ASEAN desperately needs sustainable tourism

From centuries-old temples in Cambodia to sleek new public transport systems in Singapore, tourism’s rapid growth is set to play a critical role in shaping infrastructure use in ASEAN.  Around 129…

ASEAN lacks real economic integration

While European businesses are increasingly more confident about investing in ASEAN, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is creating uncertainty for some business prospects according to a recent survey…



Indonesia’s aquaculture goes digital

New technologies are helping Indonesia tap into its huge potential in aquaculture and cement its position as one of the world’s top aquaculture nations. Indonesia’s…

Can 5G really transform businesses?

While consumers across ASEAN are excited about 5G’s promise of faster home broadband speeds and mobile internet connections, it is the technology’s low network latency…

Disrupting Southeast Asia’s construction industry

Southeast Asia’s construction sector is looking at wide variations of growth in 2019, according to the latest International Construction Costs Report from Arcadis. The…



Nearly 200 arrested over raging forest fires

Indonesia has arrested nearly 200 people over vast forest fires ripping across the archipelago, police said Monday, as toxic haze sends air quality levels plummeting and sparks flight cancellations. Jakarta has deployed thousands of personnel to battle blazes that are turning land into charred landscapes and consuming forests in Sumatra and Borneo islands, where thousands of schools have been shut over health fears. The fires – usually started by illegal burning to clear land for farming –…

ASEAN’s cocoa bean production under threat

Southeast Asia’s craving for chocolate has outpaced the ability of regional farmers to supply cocoa beans. According to the Cocoa Association of Asia, the region’s market for chocolate confectionery has grown at an annual rate of five percent, due to the rise of affluent middle incomers consuming more chocolates. In ASEAN, Indonesia and Malaysia have been the top cocoa bean producers for many years now, with Indonesia as the third-largest cocoa bean exporter in the world after Ghana and the…

600,000 Rohingya in Myanmar risk genocide

Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar still face a "serious risk of genocide", UN investigators said Monday, warning the repatriation of a million already driven from the country by the army remains "impossible". The fact-finding mission to Myanmar, set up by the Human Rights Council, last year branded the army operations in 2017 as "genocide" and called for the prosecution of top generals, including army chief Min Aung Hlaing. Some 740,000 Rohingya fled burning villages, bringing accounts of…

Greta Thunberg wins Amnesty's highest award

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future youth movement received Amnesty International's "Ambassadors of Conscience" award on Monday, days before a major UN climate summit in New York. The 16-year-old, who is taking a year out of school, received a standing ovation from students at The George Washington University in the US capital where the ceremony was held.  "The politics required to take on this crisis simply doesn't exist today," Thunberg said, standing on…


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