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    Climate change urgency grows

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 01/07/2019

    » Climate change is global in nature but it is having an especially severe impact on Asia. Chennai, one of India's largest cities, has run out of water as the summer heat intensifies. With monsoon rains below average, four lakes in the city of 4.7 million have dried up. Residents don't have enough water to drink, bathe or wash clothes, malls have closed their washrooms and restaurants are not open for customers.


    Airlines battle polluter stigma

    News, Published on 06/06/2019

    » In Lorna Greenwood's London home, there is a shelf lined with travel guides. But the 32-year-old mother and former government employment lawyer has given up flying.


    False report undermines Mekong cooperation

    News, Published on 12/07/2019

    » The recent media report on the Mekong River which contained false accusations against China ignores the joint efforts made by China, Thailand and other relevant parties to promote cooperation on Mekong water resources for the benefit of the people in the region. These accusations mislead the readers and undermine the good atmosphere of sub-regional cooperation.


    Old politics no answer to climate change

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 09/07/2019

    » Despite all-out support from the machinery of the state and the old powers, it took three months for the Prayut regime to form a government because of political infighting, raising the question of how long it will last.


    Speed up charter push

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/07/2019

    » Even though the Democrats have said constitutional amendment is incorporated as part of the coalition government's manifesto, it is pointless for them or other proponents of this agenda to expect the No.1 direct beneficiary of the 2017 charter, namely Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, to give charter change his full support. The premier already made it clear on Wednesday that there was no rush to alter the constitution, while also cautioning that the process is "lengthy".


    The real refugee problem is only just beginning

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 16/07/2019

    » Every once in a while a photograph of a migrant's tragic death (usually that of a child) catches the public's imagination.


    AOIP: A new Asean regional guide

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 25/06/2019

    » At the retreat on Sunday, Asean leaders hailed the Asean Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP), reiterating it is our own perspective and response to an unpredictable world and disruptive international environment. Echoing this sentiment, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told a press conference that the document is significant, as Asean now has a common approach on cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region that will reinforce the Asean-centred regional architecture. That was the most important highlight of the two-day 34th Asean Summit.


    Denial spells irrelevance for Asean

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 24/06/2019

    » One big reason why members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) get along so splendidly is that they avoid talking about uncomfortable subjects, such as stunted democratic development or human rights abuses.


    Take your trash somewhere else

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 03/06/2019

    » Malaysia made a clear statement last week that it is ready to take aggressive moves against countries that dump plastic waste in the country, which this year became the world's main destination for the substances.

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