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Myanmar Executions Revive Pressure for More Sanctions
August 15, 2022

Myanmar Executions Revive Pressure for More Sanctions

By Elaine Kurtenback
The U.S. Senate is inching toward passage of the Burma Act, which would pave the way for sanctions on Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE).

Ex-Malaysian PM Najib Begins Final Appeal Against 1MDB Conviction
August 15, 2022

Ex-Malaysian PM Najib Begins Final Appeal Against 1MDB Conviction

By Sebastian Strangio
Lawyers for the former leader are seeking to have the case thrown out on the grounds that a trial judge had a conflict of interest.
Vietnam’s High-Speed Railway is Back on the Agenda
August 15, 2022

Vietnam’s High-Speed Railway is Back on the Agenda

By Sebastian Strangio
The project was rejected a decade ago due to its eye-watering cost. Are things any different now?

Philippine Senator Tackles Long-Standing Sabah Claim
August 15, 2022

Philippine Senator Tackles Long-Standing Sabah Claim

By Mong Palatino
A recent French court ruling has pushed the territorial dispute back onto the country's political agenda.

Report Claims 38 Singapore-Based Firms Supplying Myanmar’s Military
August 12, 2022

Report Claims 38 Singapore-Based Firms Supplying Myanmar’s Military

By Sebastian Strangio
In a new report, Justice For Myanmar names 116 companies that are supplying arms to the Tatmadaw, including 38 from the city-state.

How Phnom Penh Can Recapture Its Mid-Century Glory
August 12, 2022

How Phnom Penh Can Recapture Its Mid-Century Glory

By Oung Ty Keithya
Once regarded as the "jewel of Asia," Cambodia's capital has since become a byword for sprawl and shambolic planning.

Vietnam Takes Major Step Forward in Recognizing LGBTQ Rights
August 12, 2022

Vietnam Takes Major Step Forward in Recognizing LGBTQ Rights

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's Health Ministry has instructed doctors to stop treating homosexuality as a disease, and to cease discrimination in medical care.
Malaysian FM Again Pushes for Talks With Myanmar Opposition
August 11, 2022

Malaysian FM Again Pushes for Talks With Myanmar Opposition

By Sebastian Strangio
The time between now and the ASEAN Summit in November could be crucial in shaping the bloc’s approach toward the crisis in Myanmar.

The Taiwan Crisis Could Spill Over Into Southeast Asia
August 11, 2022

The Taiwan Crisis Could Spill Over Into Southeast Asia

By Huynh Tam Sang
The current intensification of U.S.-China tensions will undoubtedly be felt in the region, placing Southeast Asian governments in a tricky position.

Thailand’s Awkward Pursuit of American F-35As
August 11, 2022

Thailand’s Awkward Pursuit of American F-35As

By Tita Sanglee
The Royal Thai Air Force is bent on acquiring the state-of-the-art U.S. stealth fighter. But is it worth the cost and effort?

Former Workers Sue Multinational Firms Over Alleged Malaysian Labor Abuses
August 11, 2022

Former Workers Sue Multinational Firms Over Alleged Malaysian Labor Abuses

By Sebastian Strangio
Ansell Ltd and Kimberly-Clark Corp are accused of "knowingly profiting" from the use of trafficked labor by a key Malaysian supplier.
What’s Behind the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor ‘Plus’ Initiative?
August 10, 2022

What’s Behind the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor ‘Plus’ Initiative?

By Syah Vaghji
The vague plan would see mainland Southeast Asian countries contribute to the flagship Chinese infrastructure initiative.

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