Is global peace failing?

The world spends so much on wars and violence but spends next to nothing on peace. The obvious result of conflicts and wars is human suffering, but there is also a cost to the economy that can further cripple the world’s infrastructure and stability. Vision of Humanity, a global peace and…

Fake news from Cambodia’s government?

Cambodia’s Information Ministry recently warned that it would revoke the licenses of print and online media outlets which distribute fake news that could endanger national security. Phos Sovann, director-general of General Department of Information and Broadcasting, said in a Facebook video post…

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.  Retirement age to go up to 65, older workers’ CPF rates to be raised By 2030, older Singaporeans who want to…

Trump: Hong Kong crackdown will harm trade deal

US President Donald Trump on Sunday warned China that carrying out a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters would harm trade talks between the two countries. "I think it'd be very hard to deal if they do violence, I mean, if it's another Tiananmen Square," Trump…



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…

Your air conditioner is a lethal weapon

Around the world, scorching heat waves are breaking records, with France reaching a sweltering 45.9 degrees Celsius and Australia hitting 49.5 degrees in 2019. According to data…



The dark side of microfinancing in Cambodia

While a recent report by two civil society groups in Cambodia outlining predatory practices by local microfinance institutions (MFIs) may not paint the clearest picture of the sector, there is no…

Malaysia tells China to keep it coming!

Last week, the Malaysia-China Business Council (MCBC) hosted the Malaysia-China Belt and Road Economic Cooperation Forum 2019. “With China’s advancements in digital economy and high-tech, and with…

Why Singapore turns to foreign talent

On 30 July, the Singaporean government announced that it would be starting a new programme to get more foreigners to work in Singapore. The programme removes any quota limitation for an Employment…

Weaponizing the yuan

China's move to devalue its currency could prove to be a double-edged sword in its escalating trade war with the United States (US), offsetting tariffs but potentially hurting Beijing's efforts to…

Education in ASEAN needs a revamp now

Social institutions such as education, healthcare and public housing services play a key part in a country’s soft infrastructure.  Apart from roads, bridges, airports and other hard infrastructure…



The future of mining

After Indonesia’s Petrosea embarked on the digital transformation of its Tabang coal mine in Kalimantan in June 2018, it soon became apparent that initiatives like real-…

ASEAN youth face disruptive job market

With technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) rapidly permeating society, ASEAN’s youth will need to reinvent…

Malaysia rolls the DICE

Last week’s announcement that Malaysia is working on finalising a Digital Content Ecosystem (DICE) policy by year’s end is the latest in a string of positive…



Singapore concerned about rising sea levels

Singapore needs at least US$72 billion to build defences against rising sea levels, its leader said Sunday as the low-lying city-state gears up against the impact of climate change Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described climate change as "one of the gravest challenges facing humankind" and said the Southeast Asian country is already feeling the impact through a hotter weather and heavier rainstorms. He devoted a large portion of a major policy speech late Sunday – which included initiatives…

Saving the environment with circular fashion

The fashion industry’s desire to be on-trend drives its business operations by reducing collection periods and accelerating inventory turns. But high levels of consumption also mean a high level of waste. The younger generation is now demanding that companies work towards ethical practices, sustainable products and a transparent value chain.  According to a 2018 report by Re:newcell titled ‘We make fashion sustainable,’ 88 percent of trendsetters and consumers think that it is important that…

Rats a cheap street snack in Cambodia

As he tears off a leg of a charcoal-grilled rat at a roadside stall in western Cambodia, Yit Sarin hails the simple joy of rodent and rice washed down with beer. "It's delicious," he says of the snack. Barbecued field rats are not everybody's idea of a tasty treat, but in Cambodia's rural Battambang province they are popular as a quick – and cheap – snack, with small skewered ones going for US$0.25 each while larger rodents can cost US$1.25. Rats were commonly eaten in the 1970s, under the…

Indonesia must protect its children

Earlier this month, the Indonesian National Police revealed that there were 236 cases of child sexual assault that occurred from January to May this year. Despite this, only 50 percent of cases were handled by law enforcement. Police Chief of General Information, Commissioner Asep Adi Saputra explained that among the causes for this phenomenon is the public's reluctance to discuss crimes of a sexual nature. "We know that most people are reluctant to report child sexual abuse because of our…


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