Southeast Asia

Governor of Jakarta: Get Re-elected or Die!

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They call him “Ahok”, and according to many, he is the best thing that ever happened to Jakarta – this enormous, polluted and until recently unloved capital city of Indonesia. Very loosely…

Myanmar Mass Murder Made in America

45435345345The Southeast Asian state of Myanmar has recently become the epicentre of an expanding humanitarian crisis. But because the current government of Myanmar is headed by a regime favoured by American and European interests, little…

Another SEA tour by Abe

564534234In the period of January 12-17, 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made another tour across several countries in South-East Asia (SEA). And it’s hard to say which number tour this is, considering his trips to the region on the occasion of a variety of forums regularly conducted…

The Philippines in the Center of Asian Realig...

345342342Philippines, for decades a limping invalid, poor and suffering from countless ailments, is now suddenly finding itself at the vanguard, reshuffling the entire Asia Pacific, sending Western…

Is the US Positioning Itself for Military Pre...

32423412321The governments of the United States and United Kingdom have spent decades and millions of dollars creating the political opposition fronts that constitute support for Myanmar’s new (and first ever) State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi…

Trump’s Taiwan Phone Call Gaff No ̶...

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President-elect Donald Trump’s “accidental” phone conversation with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was neither a gaff nor a decision Trump and his advisers unilaterally made. It is merely the latest evolution of US foreign policy…

Taiwan: Ignorance, Danger of War and a High S...

435234234234At the end of December 2016, both Taiwan and the world were shaken to the core, when images appeared in the local press and online, depicting students parading in Nazi uniforms proudly raising their…

South China Sea: Failing to Find Asian Allies...

2312312312Parroting the US State Department’s rhetoric, almost verbatim to justify the decision, a UK envoy vowed to fly warplanes over, and sail warships through the South China Sea over “concerns” regarding “freedom of navigation…

Vietnam is Well, but that Angers Western Impe...

34231321312Some fifteen years ago, when I lived in Hanoi, I used to come very often to the rooftop bar at the Meritus Hotel for an evening drink, just to feel gentle breeze and to spot ancient cargo boats majestically sailing on the surface…

Myanmar: Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Over...

234231231231Reading commentary, analysis, and even alleged “reports” from the Southeast Asian state of Myanmar, it would appear that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi…

Donald Trump and Southeast Asia

34123123123Donald Trump overlooked the ASEAN countries in his pre-election campaign. His disregard of the actively developing region with a population of 625 million people and a total GDP worth 2.4 trillion dollars (the world’s seventh largest economy)…

US dollar is losing ground in Southeast Asian...

423423123123One of the world’s most important processes in recent years has been the weakening of the US dollar on the international currency market and the desire of many countries to abandon it in order to release…


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