Gambling on Chinese Investment in Laos

Gambling on Chinese Investment in LaosWith its massive cupolas, one shaped like a green crown and the other painted bright gold, Kings Romans Casino does not blend in with the forests of rural Southeast Asia, but the establishment is the heart of the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (GT-SEZ), a controversial gambling hub in northern Laos. The area has mostly…

What happened at the UN Marrakech Climate Talks?

What happened at the UN Marrakech Climate Talks?The United Nations-sponsored 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) run from November 7 to 18 at Marrakech, Morocco, with the aim of discussing finance and implementation of the Paris agreement. What has transpired during the talks? Follow some of the highlights in Asia Sentinel's reports below: November 9: Can the World Meet its Climate Change Commitments?…

What a Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone Means for Southeast Asia

What a Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone Means for Southeast AsiaSpeculation is growing that China will soon declare an Air Defense Identification Zone over parts or all of the South China Sea. It is the most likely response to an unfavorable ruling in the case challenging China’s claims in the South China Sea.  In anticipation of the verdict in the next few weeks, many are…

Embattled Cartoonist Zunar Wins Freedom Award

Embattled Cartoonist Zunar Wins Freedom AwardZulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, the irrepressible cartoonist for the Malaysian news website Malaysiakini, is due to go on trial this month, facing nine counts of sedition and a potential 43 years in prison basically for lampooning the suave Prime Minister Najib Razak and his portly, domineering wife Rosmah Mansor, who invariably appears…

Statutory Declaration of Charles Morais

Statutory Declaration of Charles MoraisI, Charles Suresh Morais (NRIC No.620427-10-5707), a Malaysian citizen of full age and residing at 4789 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Suite A 137, Atlanta, Georgia 3038, USA do hereby solemnly and sincerely declare and state as follows: 1. I am one of four siblings and the younger brother of Anthony Kevin Morais (Kevin), now deceased. My…

Hong Kong Tourism Industry Under Siege

Hong Kong Tourism Industry Under SiegeAs late as a few months ago, Hong Kong’s residents were up in arms over the influx of mainland tourists, who were called “locusts” for their tendency to crowd out the locals to denude stores of vast amounts of merchandise, with so-called parallel traders buying up as much as certain goods including milk powder as…

Malaysia’s Educational Genocide

Malaysia’s Educational GenocideOn Oct. 12, seven children – six girls and a boy between the ages of seven and 11 – were discovered to have died in Malaysia’s northeastern state of Kelantan after being lost for 48 days in the jungle, having run away from their residential school. Two girls survived by eating grass and wild fruits.…

Rosmah Responds

Rosmah RespondsThe lawyers for Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, issued the press release below in response to a story posted on Asia Sentinel on July 30, 2015. We are running it here without comment. They have not asked us to do so but we feel the right to reply is an…

UMNO’s Corporate Cornucopia

UMNO’s Corporate Cornucopia(We are rerunning this article from Oct. 13, 2010 as a companion piece to Murray Hunter’s adjoining article to give specifics of exactly how rent-seeking and institutional corruption eventually enveloped the economy.) In the 1980s and 1990s, Halim Saad and Tajudin Ramli were two of Malaysia’s brightest stars, picked by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad…

The Rohingya: Where They Came From

The Rohingya: Where They Came FromThe crisis that has enveloped Myanmar’s luckless Rohingya has been years in the making. They are hardly interlopers, with some of them having settled in Arakan Province, also known as Rakhine, on Myanmar’s west coast since at least the 15th century. But as with so many modern-day conflicts, much of today’s tensions stem from colonial…
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