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    Our planet in peril

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/01/2020

    » After three years, this will be my last commentary for Asia Focus. Time has flown by since I first sat behind this keyboard, and I have often used this space to vent my anger at dictators and complain about climate change. I will miss having this outlet for expression.

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    Green rush

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/01/2020

    » Attitudes toward marijuana are starting to change in Southeast Asia. In some countries there is increasing social acceptance, growing research interest, easing of regulations and even modest legalisation, with Thailand leading the way.

  • BUSINESS

    You make the news: How Spectee mines social media

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 13/01/2020

    » Spectee, a Tokyo-based information analysis company and online news agency, is looking for partnership in Southeast Asia where it is seeing huge growth in demand for video content.

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    Off the beaten track

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 06/01/2020

    » What are you afraid of the most when travelling off the map? For most people, lack of security and accessibility probably top the list. With world tourism growing exponentially on the back of cheap flights, and GPS making it easy for anyone to find their destination, getting away from tourist traps is growing more popular in Asia.

  • BUSINESS

    Looking ahead with hope

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 06/01/2020

    » First of all, welcome back to work to anyone who is lucky enough to be starting today instead of last week. I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year celebration with their friends and families.

  • BUSINESS

    Fingers crossed for world trade

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 23/12/2019

    » It is clear now that the rise of protectionism and the current US tariff war against China and the rest of the world have led to a slowdown in global trade and demand. Since most export-led economies in Asia Pacific depend heavily on demand from China, any slowdown there is bad news.

  • BUSINESS

    Delivering quality

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 23/12/2019

    » The US-China trade war has had little impact on the Asia Pacific operations of the logistics giant DHL thanks to stronger performance from its e-commerce unit, says CEO Frank Appel, who believes the impact of trade conflict on the global economy has been overblown.

  • BUSINESS

    Future farming

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 16/12/2019

    » Agriculture is probably one of the last things that come to mind when one talks about artificial intelligence (AI), especially in the developing world. But it is poised to become the key to increasing productivity as the world races to feed a projected 9.7 billion people by 2050.

  • BUSINESS

    Connected communicator

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 16/12/2019

    » Anyone meeting Baxter Jolly for the first time might be surprised to learn that he used to be an equities trader. A people person full of smiles, he doesn't seem like the type who would be sitting in front of five computer screens all day. But the experience in the high-pressure world of the stock market, he says, served him well when he switched gears and entered public relations.

  • WORLD

    When tradition trumps reason

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/12/2019

    » The senseless killing of animals is something that should be condemned not celebrated. But a notoriously bloody spectacle that went ahead last week in Nepal reminds us how difficult it can be to overturn centuries of "tradition".

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