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Tuk-Tuks to Save Elephants

In India, the iconic Bajaj auto rickshaws or tuk-tuks cost around Rs200,000 , Two nights ago, 20 were sold for up to £100,000 each in brightly colored designs at a wildlife charity auction hosted in Lancaster H...
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Thai Junta Moves on the Yellow Shirts

Against earlier assumptions that Thailand’s junta would ignore years of violence on the part of royalist People’s Alliance for Democracy leaders, 13 so-called Yellow Shirt protesters have been ordered to jail a...
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Viet Market Looking Good

Amid all the angst about so-called emerging markets over static exports, falling commodity prices, a rising dollar and the threat of higher interest rates on dollar debt one Asian country has gone largely unnot...
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Indonesia Bans Settlements in Foreign Currencies

Indonesia tomorrow – July 1 – will intensify its journey into economic isolationism when banking regulations go into effect banning the use of currencies other than the rupiah for settling domestic transactio...
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Human Rights Groups Seek Justice for Thai Dissidents

On May 22, the one-year anniversary of the coup that brought Army general Prayuth Chan-ocha to power in Thailand, handfuls of university students in Bangkok and the northern city of Khon Kaen held peaceful de...
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Who Sets the Rules of the Game in Asia?

It is now a commonplace to refer to the 21st century as the Asian Century. With the world economy struggling to recover from the global financial crisis, the Asia Pacific region, and especially its developing...
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Singapore Uses Big Guns on Small ‘Threats’

Singapore this week is in the middle of two controversial cases that demonstrate that despite the March 22 passing of Lee Kuan Yew, the patriarch and founder of modern Singapore, the government has lost none of...
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Taiwan’s Presidency: Twilight for the Kuomintang?

In the changing world of politics, 20 nations – about 10 percent of the world –have overcome gender bias and elected females as their leaders. In January 2016, if all goes according to form, Taiwan will join ...
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The Threat of Islamic Law in Malaysia

The political debate in Malaysia appears to be trapped in menace as the specter of Kelantan’s barbaric hudud law, which advocates 7th-century punishments including amputation for theft and stoning to death fo...
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UMNO Uses Whistleblower Arrest to Defend 1MDB

Malaysia’s political establishment is using the arrest of Xavier Justo in Thailand to try to derail questions over the ill-starred 1Malaysia Development Bhd Fund that go far beyond whether the whistle-blowing...