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Thailand as a regional haven for human trafficking
May 12, 2014 1:00 am

Thailand as a regional haven for human trafficking

Throughout the past five months, a total of 426 asylum-seekers from Central Asia landed in various parts of Thailand. These new arrivals were unusual and different from the Rohingya arriving in boats from the Andaman Sea, a pattern set over the past...

Asean centrality rests on peoples not leaders
May 5, 2014 1:00 am

Asean centrality rests on peoples not leaders

When the Asean senior officials got together recently in Singapore for the discussion on South China Sea, the situation in Ukraine was discussed on the sideline. There was a proposal from some Asean members to issue a joint statement on the...

AICHR can do more to protect Asean citizens
April 28, 2014 1:00 am

AICHR can do more to protect Asean citizens

The fate of Laotian civil society activist Sombath Somphone will serve as a test case on whether the dictum of a people-oriented Asean community, expounded recently by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, or people-centred community advocated by...

Obama will encounter a different Asia
April 21, 2014 1:00 am

Obama will encounter a different Asia

When US President Barack Obama returns to Asia - Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines - this week, he will find a continent different to the one he's left unattended since November 2012.

Asean-China looks for common grounds
April 14, 2014 1:00 am

Asean-China looks for common grounds

Next Monday the senior officials from Asean and China will be meeting in Pattaya after they met last September at Suzhou, China where they kicked off official consultation on the process of formulating code of conducts (CoC) for the South China Sea....

Myanmar engages Asean's civil society groups
April 7, 2014 1:00 am

Myanmar engages Asean's civil society groups

Strange as it may seem, the Asean's People Forum in Yangon last month turned out to be the biggest ever gathering of civil society groups in the region.

Is China-Japan friendship really that bad?
March 31, 2014 1:00 am

Is China-Japan friendship really that bad?

"Have you seen Zhao Jian's work?" asked a Chinese friend. "She's great and very popular here." For the past three and half months at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Yayoi's work has been a big hit on...

Myanmar's peace process at a critical stage
March 24, 2014 1:00 am

Myanmar's peace process at a critical stage

The Fragile peace process between Nayphidaw and ethnic groups has reached a critical stage - it can either move ahead with a nation-wide ceasefire agreement soon or be dragged on without any deadline. Complicated the whole endeavor has been the...

Surapong sold out Thailand's for myopic interests
March 17, 2014 1:00 am

Surapong sold out Thailand's for myopic interests

After a 90-minute session of clarification on the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to Thailand on Friday by caretaker foreign minister Surapong Tohvijakchaikul, Ministry for Foreign Affairs' senior officials concluded without any...

Ethnic media and views needed in Myanmar
March 10, 2014 1:00 am

Ethnic media and views needed in Myanmar

For three days last week, more than 250 journalists belonged to ethnic groups from all over Myanmar gathered here with clear objectives: to make their voices heard and to strengthen their nascent media network as well as improve journalistic skills...