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  • BUSINESS

    Online safety for children is everyone's responsibility

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 07/05/2018

    » Shutting children away behind closed doors, away from prying eyes and with no internet, can protect them up to a point. But preventing children from engaging with the world hurts their development in the long run.

  • WORLD

    Skill shortage

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 03/10/2016

    » The shortage of skilled labour and skills gaps have plagued Southeast Asian nations for many years, preventing economies from reaching their full potential. Greater labour mobility under the Asean Economic Community (AEC) was supposed to be the solution but little progress has been made so far.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • BUSINESS

    People from Nowhere

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/03/2019

    » A person can be born or made stateless, but either way the limitations such a status places on one's rights are severe. The issue has come into sharp focus with the case of Shamima Begum, a 19-year-old Islamic State supporter who was stripped of her British nationality for her decision to joined the self-declared caliphate in 2015.

  • BUSINESS

    Perilous journeys

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/02/2019

    » On Jan 12, a fishing boat carrying more than 100 Indian migrants -- the precise number is not known -- left the Munambam harbour in Kerala. Its destination was New Zealand, more than 11,000 kilometres away.

  • BUSINESS

    Green but greying

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Visit a rice farm anywhere in Asia these days and you will see a life that has hardly changed in decades. Transplanting paddy sprouts into muddy soil, swatting itch-inducing stalks with a sharp sickle and lifting heavy rice sacks into a rickety truck are all part of the backbreaking routine.

  • BUSINESS

    Bad connections

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 30/10/2017

    » Documents released by WikiLeaks in March made the public aware of how their smartphones, computer operating systems, message applications and internet-connected televisions could be hacked by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and used to record conversations.

  • BUSINESS

    Covering Asia

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/10/2017

    » Many Asians who have never owned a private insurance policy or received benefits have negative attitudes toward health and life insurance. Many lower-income consumers see it as something they cannot afford, while others are deterred by stories of fraud. More superstitious types see buying insurance as increasing the risk of something bad happening to them.

  • BUSINESS

    Our fintech future

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/03/2017

    » In a digital world where the exchange of money is being revolutionised, banks are stepping up their collaboration with financial technology specialists to shape the future of financial institutions along with their security and data collecting systems.

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