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    Belt and Road hits a pothole in Pakistan

    News, Mihir Sharma, Published on 12/10/2018

    » Pakistan's government has finally admitted it needs help. Finance Minister Asad Umar says he will be meeting officials of the International Monetary Fund in Bali this weekend. There he'll try and work out the terms for a bailout that would cover a US$10 billion (328 billion baht) hole in Pakistan's financing needs.

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    Is the IMF ready to weather another financial crisis?

    News, Daniel Moss, Published on 04/10/2018

    » Christine Lagarde and the International Monetary Fund have answered the easy question but dodged the hard ones. Yes, of course an era of tit-for-tat tariffs dims the global economic outlook. So what can the IMF do about it? Does it need more funding to protect the international economy, given the weakening scene?

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    Jakarta fails yet again to counter Islamic State threats

    News, Suhas Chakma, Published on 04/08/2018

    » On Tuesday, Indonesia banned the Islamic State (IS)-aligned terrorist group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) as part of ramping up its counter terror measures ahead of the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta and Palembang in mid August and the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) in Bali in mid-October.

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    A crisis of convenience

    News, Published on 09/06/2018

    » Shortly after the introduction of the world's first synthetic plastic, a magazine published the prediction that one day this magic material would make up everything we touch, see and use. They were wrong, but not by much. More than 100 years after its invention, humanity is addicted to plastic.

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    Saving the planet, making profit: a 'nexus' approach

    News, Published on 11/06/2018

    » Asean has put together an ambitious sustainable development agenda with its 2025 community vision. It has also played an important role in shaping the United Nations 2020 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda. If the 17 SDGs, especially SDG2 on food security, SDG 6 on water security, SF7 on energy security, SDG 12 responsible consumption and production and SDG 13 on combating climate change, are achieved, this will combine with the impact of global trends such as climate change to intensify the competition for resources -- energy, water, raw materials and land. There is a need for large scale investment and significant improvement in services in order to address supply shortages, increase general welfare and make profit. After all, there are 65 million people across the region with no access to modern energy sources, 48 million people Asean-wide with no access to clean drinking water, and another 78 million without adequate sanitation facilities.

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    For urban asylum seekers, uncertainty is the certainty

    News, Johanna Son, Published on 28/05/2018

    » Waiting, perhaps for something, perhaps for nothing much, perhaps tomorrow, or perhaps never. Being in a permanent state of uncertainty may well be what life is for many urban asylum seekers in Bangkok and other cities in Southeast Asia.

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    Gaza deaths a symptom of utter despair

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 18/05/2018

    » When all is lost, entire communities sometimes engage in suicidal gestures. It happened as recently as 1906 in Bali, when the local royal family and thousands of their followers, knowing they could not defeat the Dutch conquerors, dressed in their best finery and walked straight into the Dutch gunfire. Thousands were killed.

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    Eight ideas to leave no one behind

    News, Published on 01/11/2017

    » Next week Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) leaders will meet in Da Nang, Vietnam. They face a region divided as never between a few rich and the rest. After decades of leading the world in economic growth that benefited everyone, Asia today is rapidly becoming a fractured region with sharp economic and social divisions between the rich and the underdogs.

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    Forget World Cup bid

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/10/2017

    » The Minister of Tourism and Sports has some wise words against the outlandish proposal to bid, jointly with Indonesia, for the 2034 World Cup. If anything, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul should have been stronger. Even though the plan to pursue such a project is still being formed, Ms Kobkarn, with her good business sense, has pointed out some of the follies and the cabinet should pay heed to her opinion. The massive investment required just to bid should disqualify this effort.

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    Conserving Southeast Asia's seas

    News, Published on 14/09/2017

    » The United Nations' call to conserve and sustainably develop the oceans, as one of its Sustainable Development Goals, perhaps resonates most with Southeast Asia than in any other part of the world.

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