Opinion

How Pink Is Powering Green

The colour pink is commonly associated with females. It stands for all things typically feminine - love, kindness and compassion. This, anecdotally, may have evolved from hunter-gatherer times, when women needed to fetch edible pink leaves or berries from green foliage.

19 September 2021
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Green Energy: What ASEAN Can Learn From Vietnam

Like other regions around the world, Southeast Asia is no exception to decarbonising its energy sector, and improving its national energy security - perhaps simply because renewable energy (RE) has become cheaper. The ASEAN Member States (AMS) individually and collectively have set ambitious targets to incorporate RE in their energy system.In some cases, the deadline to achieve these RE targets is fast approaching.

18 September 2021
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Climate Plan: Indonesia Should Learn From Japan

Japan’s success story in implementing the carbon tax and emission trading scheme (ETS) all together can be the best lesson for Indonesia, which its carbon pricing is still up in the air.The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report illustrates that without immediate, rapid, and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5 degree Celsius (°C) or even 2°C will be beyond reach.

16 September 2021
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A Crippling Blow To The Global War On Terror

The American-led global war on terror, launched 20 years ago after the 11 September 2001, attacks against the United States (US), was already faltering before President Joe Biden took office. Now it may not recover from the blow delivered by Biden’s historic blunder in facilitating the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan.By empowering the Taliban, Biden has empowered all violent Islamist groups, thus making the rebirth of global terror highly likely.

13 September 2021
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Philippines: Overpriced PPEs or Bad Politics?

The Philippines at the moment is not only confronted by the new surge in COVID-19 cases and the threats it poses to its society, but rather the last couple of weeks were also full of controversy surrounding the Commission on Audit’s (COA) 2020 Consolidated Annual Audit Report, which covers findings until 31 December, 2020, that flagged the Department of Health (DOH) for alleged questionable procurement, unutilised medical equipment, non-payment of COVID-19 allowance, among others, for health

12 September 2021
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Why Peacebuilding In Southeast Asia Is Important

According to a 2009 study by Aurel Croissant and Christoph Trinn – professors at the Heidelberg University in Germany, Southeast Asia by global comparison is a region particularly prone to conflicts.

11 September 2021
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The World 9/11 Made

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 11 September, terrorist attacks on the United States (US).

11 September 2021
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The G20's COVID Agenda

Finance ministers, central bank governors, and political leaders are hard at work preparing for the 2021 G20 Heads of State and Government Summit in Rome on 30-31 October.

6 September 2021
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Rescue Steps For Indonesian MSMEs In A Pandemic

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) were the saviours of the Indonesian economy out of the 1998 financial crisis. But now, MSMEs are collapsing in times of crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.MSMEs are one of the sectors severely affected by the social restriction policies implemented by the government.

4 September 2021
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The Olympic-Size Difference Between India & China

The Tokyo Olympic Games are over, and the Japanese people and government have heaved a sigh of relief that the spectacle passed without a major COVID-19 outbreak in the athletes’ village or other disasters. In India, the celebrations of the country’s first gold medal in the men’s javelin throw – and its best-ever medal performance at a single Olympics – have not yet subsided.

4 September 2021
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