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  • BUSINESS

    In search of unicorns

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 25/03/2019

    » With an eye on health care and education as the most promising sectors, Indonesia is expected to be home to five startups worth at least US$1 billion by the end of 2019.

  • OPINION

    Duterte can run but he can't hide

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 25/03/2019

    » Last week the Philippines became the second country in the world to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) after Burundi, which left in 2017. Many observers, myself included, see this as an attempt to evade an investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs, but it is not going to work.

  • 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

    Saviours at sea

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

    » The Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 took a terrible toll across South and Southeast Asia, with an estimated 230,000 people killed in 14 countries. In Thailand, the hardest hit area was in Khao Lak in Phangnga where some 4,000 people lost their lives when the wall of water overwhelmed them.

  • BUSINESS

    Layer by layer

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Most of us still think of 3D printing in terms of small units that can print simple three-dimensional solid objects from a digital computer file. But big industrial companies such as General Electric (GE) have taken this concept to extraordinary lengths and are applying it on a much larger scale to create highly complex machine parts made from metal.

  • OPINION

    Keeping the bombs at bay

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Trump-Kim Summit 2.0 began in a climate of optimism, with some people saying a formal end to the Korean War and complete denuclearisation of the North was in sight, but it was not to be. Disappointment quickly turned to alarm when two other nuclear-armed states -- India and Pakistan -- started sparring.

  • BUSINESS

    Making musical waves

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 25/02/2019

    » Many people associate a cruise holiday with being in a floating hotel, with buffet lines and various forms of entertainment and recreation, plus the obligatory port calls for shopping. As for the passengers … well, grey is the dominant hair colour.

  • OPINION

    Media freedom in the dock

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/02/2019

    » The decision by Philippine authorities to arrest journalist Maria Ressa and the move by Thailand’s broadcast regulator to suspend the broadcaster Voice TV are the latest examples of how press freedom in Southeast Asia is deteriorating.

  • BUSINESS

    Paths to innovation

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/02/2019

    » Creative ideas do not necessarily have to spring from the vision of a single person; many innovative solutions emerge as a result of collaborative effort. Not every company can have an Elon Musk but companies can certainly create an innovative culture that can foster its own army of innovative soldiers.

  • BUSINESS

    Covered for life

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/02/2019

    » Tan Hak Leh is accustomed to occupying lofty corporate positions as an insurance executive with 25 years of industry experience, 17 of them in management positions in Singapore. But the chief executive officer of AIA Thailand turns out to be very down-to-earth in person, soft-spoken and easy to chat with.

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