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    Fake goods a growing scourge

    Asia focus, Published on 17/09/2018

    » Listening to the news and enjoying a half-hour bubble bath are part of my morning routine. But a news item I heard recently got my day off to a bad start. I rushed through my post-bath preparations without touching any of the products I normally use.


    Don't blame the rain

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/09/2018

    » After days of being battered by heavy rain in Bangkok, anyone who isn't sniffling or coughing probably considers themselves lucky. After all, didn't your mother always tell you, "Don't stay in the rain or you'll catch a cold" … "go dry your hair and change your clothes or you'll catch a cold"? Mine certainly did.


    RCEP matters more than ever

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 03/09/2018

    » Last week's meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Singapore came at a critical juncture, not only for the future prosperity of the 16 countries involved but also the sake of the rules-based free and fair trading system globally.


    Our chemical-free future

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 27/08/2018

    » When I think of my grandmother, I always think of her in the kitchen. Growing up as the happy recipient of her home-cooked meals, I sometimes would join her there as she passed along tidbits of her cooking wisdom.


    Dark enough for you?

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/08/2018

    » 'Dark tourism" is an interesting concept that did not come to my attention until I watched a Netflix series recently. Few countries actively promote offbeat or slightly dangerous pursuits but it's a niche with potential, if managed carefully -- even if it's hard to explain to your insurer.


    Budget airline blues

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 13/08/2018

    » My latest visit to Phuket was very pleasant despite the on-and-off rainy season showers. Walking on the busy streets and beaches there, I had no sense that it was the low season. But what impressed me the most was the hospitality of the local people, from massage therapists to people on the streets whom I asked for directions, and the waitress at a well-known coffee shop.


    Damming our way into trouble

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 06/08/2018

    » Over the past two weeks, volunteers and rescuers have been battling thick mud and floods in Attapeu province of Laos to find survivors of a deadly dam collapse.


    Save us from climate deniers

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 30/07/2018

    » Are natural disasters happening more frequently or are we just hearing more about them because we live in a communication-saturated world?


    The battle for greener cities

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 16/07/2018

    » Last week, images of Delhi residents wearing green saris and scarves and hugging tree trunks wrapped with cloth banners that read "Save Me" spread across social media. Citizens by the thousands had united to halt a government plan to develop residential projects that would axe thousands of trees in a single neighbourhood.


    A crack in the Great Firewall?

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 02/07/2018

    » Whenever China announces policies to open up its economy or facilitate investment from abroad, the news is usually welcomed at home and abroad, but such policies or measures need to be fair. Not welcome are those that create discrimination or lead to greater disparity.

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