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Global Deaths of Journalists Suddenly Spike With Gaza Conflagration

Kashmir's Iconic Houseboats Struggle to Stay Afloat

New Singapore Measure Tightens Foreign Contact

Malaysia’s Incoming Agong: Changes Coming

Smugglers Drive Rohingya Exodus to Indonesia

The Railroading of Jimmy Lai

Singapore Opposition Leader Slapped With New Restriction

At least 70 arrested in China Rocket Force Scandal

Remembering John McBeth, 1944-2023

Manila vs. the ICC -- Misguided Debate

Viets and Japan Upgrade Relations on Mutual Goals

Hamas vs PLO: Anatomy of Anti-Israel Resistance

Hong Kong Embarrassed by Another Low Election Turnout

Hamas Changes the Trajectory of Global Diplomacy

BOOK REVIEW: Searching for Billie (A Son Recounts Mother’s Extraordinary Wartime Odyssey)

Growing Danger for Women Online

World’s Birds in Crisis

Money Laundering Out of China via Insurance

Gaza War Reinforcing Qatar’s Gulf Clout

Indonesia’s Easternmost Province Faces Resource Curse

Hong Kong-based Reporter’s Disappearance May be Linked to PLA Turmoil

South Korea’s Immigrant Inflows: Realities and Strategies

Can Marcos Pull Off Peace Talks With The Communists?

BJP Flattens Congress in Regional Polls

BOOK REVIEW: The Sisterhood (The secret history of women at the CIA)

BOOK REVIEW: Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear (Poems from Gaza)

Gaza: China's Opening

The Ominous Promise of AI

Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base: New Chinese Trojan Horse?

Asia Slowly Coming Around to Gay Marriage

Hong Kong: Nothing Has Changed Except For Everything

Companies Pricing in Forest Fires to Make Way for Palm Oil in Indonesia

Taiwan’s Political Situation in Sudden Upheaval Favoring KMT

Gaza conflict won’t fully turn Muslim nations from US to China, say analysts

Alarming Violence Against Migrant Women Workers

Rebel Offensive in Myanmar Drives Junta Into Temporary Retreat

Asian Watchdogs Wary of Binance Before US Downfall

New Government Presents Chance for Peace in Thai Deep South

Split Irrevocable Between Indonesia’s Jokowi and His Party

Brussels Nod for GSP+ has multiple implications for Marcos

Where is Anwar taking Malaysia?

Sharif’s Return to Likely Rekindle China Influence in Pakistan

Artificial Intelligence and Fancy Bear

A Murder Case Reawakens in Malaysia

UK’s Desperate Attempt to Get a Government that Works

Philippines’ ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ Bailed

Traditional Chinese Medicine Continues to Exploit Endangered Species

SOS From Slave Laborers in Chinese Prisons

One Hundred Years of Israel/Palestine: A Timeline

Kashmir’s Cricket Bat Industry in Trouble

Can ‘Rewilding’ Come to Southeast Asia?

Hazards of Being Greenish in Vietnam’s Red Mediascape

The Sad Decline of Indonesia’s Anti-Graft Watchdog

Bangladesh Again Slips to Electoral Violence

Singapore's PM Lee Passes Torch to Finance Minister Wong

BOOK REVIEW: Spies (The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West)

The Tendentious US-Vietnam Rights Relationship

China Continues to Win Trade Contest

EU borrows China’s playbook to impress Global South

The Gaza War is Pushing the Middle East Away from the US

Malaysia’s Prime Minister in Crisis

Shinawatras Reassert Hold Over Thailand’s Pheu Thai Party

The Killing in Gaza Has to Stop

A Half-Billion Dollar Urban Vision Stalls in India

Taiwan’s China-Friendly Ko Picks up Strength in ’24 Polls

Time to Pull Back From The Mighty Greenback?

Ministers’ Sacking Shows Cracks in China’s Leadership

Himalayan Rivers and Communities in Crisis

North Korea’s Dangerous New Russia Ties

Indonesian Democracy Under Threat in ’24 Polls

The Digital Rights Crackdown in Southeast Asia

Marcos’s Investment Fund Dilemma

Malaysia’s PM Anwar Flirts With Fundamentalist Party

BOOK REVIEW: We Could have Been Friends, My Father and I

Reduced BRI Expected to Offer Less Money

China Rebrands BRI Amid Global Chaos

Australia’s Bid to Join Asean a Non-Starter

Peril for Taiwan in Cloud of Crises

Way Open for Jokowi's Son in Indonesia’s Vice-Presidential Race

Ecclestone Plea Reawakens Singapore Probe Charges

Former FTX Boss’s Massive Bribes to Chinese Officials bigger than expected

BOOK REVIEW: The Sister (The Extraordinary Story of Kim Yo Jong, The Most Powerful Woman in North Korea)

Chinese Renegades Operate Massive Scams in Outlaw Border Zones

India and Pakistan Square Off in World Cup Cricket

Indonesia Pays For The Rush to Nickel Exploitation

Philippines’ Paralysis on Human Rights Issues

Hamas vs. Israel: Regional Geopolitical Maze

Castles Crumble in the Middle East

Malaysia’s Unready Armed Forces

Growing Groundswell to Pardon Malaysia’s Najib

What to Do About South Korea’s Suicide Problem

Nagorno-Karabakh: Iran Among the Entangled

Singapore Tries to Plug Money-Laundering Loopholes

Indonesia’s Jokowi Builds a Family Empire

BRI: Hostage to Unstable Elites in Africa?

Central Asia Appears on the Chessboard

Malaysian Premier Worried About Thai Deep South Violence

Thai Elite Crunch Thaksin, Retain Power – For Now

Vietnamese Syndicates Wiping out African Megafauna

Impasse as Trudeau Fails With Assassination Claim

Marcos Moves to Challenge China

Are China’s South China Sea Assurances Worth Anything?

Rice Crisis an Early Warning for Philippines’ Marcos

Singapore Ministers Pursue Legal Adversary via Facebook Messenger

Taiwan Readies Prototype of First Indigenous Submarine

Singapore’s Bankers: Nobody Knew!

In India, Modi the Winner over Canadian Sikh’s Death

China Looks for a Resource Bonanza in Afghanistan

Indian Modern Art Hits New Records

Chinese leader Xi Purges Top Military Brass

Indonesia's Island Development Plans Hampered

Bangladesh awaits another chaotic national election

Singapore Censorship Campaign Expands to Academic Website

BOOK REVIEW: China Incorporated (The Politics of a World Where China is Number One)

Decision to Free Malaysian Deputy PM Makes No Sense

The Ominous New North Korea-Moscow Alliance

Thailand Charts an Uncertain Course

‘Pig Butchering’ for Fun and Profit

Marcos-Duterte Rivalry Simmers in Philippines

MAS Licensing Loopholes Aided Illicit Money Conduits into Singapore, Sources Say

North Korea’s Stolen Crypto Bonanza

India begins to become Bharat on the eve of G20

US, Vietnam Draw Closer

Beijing Shoots Itself in Foot with ’10-Dash Line’ Map

Indonesian Presidential Contender Anies Upended

China Leads Crackdown on Southeast Asia Cyberscams and Trafficking

Malaysian Deputy PM’s Freeing Means Reformasi’s End

Indonesia’s Blue Economy Vision

Global Scope of Singapore’s Money Laundering Bust Grows

The G20 Talking-Shop Gives Delhi a Chance to Show Off

Chinese Dirty Money and Singaporean Luxury Properties

Terror Groups Thriving Amidst Security Void in Asia

Indian Government Press Crackdown Claims Another Kashmir Voice

Looming Electoral Disaster Threatens Taiwan’s Tariff Preferences

A Tale of Two Ex-Prime Ministers

Singapore Must Toughen Chinese Family Office Supervision

Indonesia’s Terrorists: Weak but Still Active

The BRICS Jigsaw Puzzle

Critics Fear Malaysia Returning To Dark Days of Press Censorship

Long walk to Transgender Rights and Gender Equality

India Straddles Both Poles of a Multipolar World

India’s Lunar Landing and the Triumph of ‘Frugal Engineering’

Singapore’s Money-Laundering Scandal: Endemic to the System

Surprising Signs of Pushback in Latest HK Ruling

Thailand’s Thaksin Faces Daunting Task

The Great Dilution: Hong Kong’s Changing Population Mix

Southern Thai Peace Dialogue Stalls

Prabowo Gains Ground in Indonesian Presidential Sweeps

On the Rails in Hong Kong

Singapore’s Crackdown: ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

Manila Adamant Not to Kowtow to Beijing

Money Laundering Bust Puts Foreign Wealth in Singapore on Notice

The BRICS Mirage Attracts New Devotees

Japan’s Indian Ocean Deployment

Hope for Resolution of Long-Running Assange Case

US Cable a Stark Reminder of Washington’s Clout in Pakistan

Brilliance Boss’s HK Bribery Probe Poses Risks for JVs

Malaysian State Election Results Mirror 2022 General Election

BOOK REVIEW: Xi Jinping: The Hidden Agendas of China’s Ruler for Life

Indonesia’s Plan for Reparations Hits Snags

Kashmir Universities Ordered to Drop Native Writers

Taiwan Heading for Era of Paralyzed Politics

Pakistan's Permanent Terror Problem

Malaysia’s State Elections

Rebel Pakistani Artist Waited Decades for International Recognition

UN Report’s Stinging View on Women’s Inequality

Indonesia’s March Towards Middle-Power Status

US Influence in Malaysia’s Coming State Elections

Modi’s BJP Moves to Ban Polygamy in India

Singapore Policeman’s Suicide Raises Racism Questions

Chinese Ex-Foreign Minister Disappears in Apparent Power Struggle

Thailand’s Thaksin in Rumored Deal to Resume Power

How Should South Korea View Its Current US Relationship?

Indonesia Soon to Get its Long-Delayed High-Speed Train

A Hong Kong Dissident, Charged With One Crime, is Convicted of Another

Hong Kong’s Hard Line Against ‘Soft Resistance’

BRI’s Globe-spanning Decade

Bagong Bongbong: Presidential Address Contains Little New

Attempt on Prominent Malaysian Human Rights Lawyer’s Life

Can Singapore get over Formula 1’s controversial past?

Thai Politics Descends into Unsolvable Tangle

Indonesia Set to Take Over Islamic School

Scandals Believed to Wrack Chinese Leadership

India Ups the Ante Against China in Beijing’s Lake

Thaksin Reappears in Thai Scenario

Malaysia's Septuagenarians Square Off in State Polls

Singapore Transport Minister’s Arrest May be Tied to F1 Renewal

Indonesia Pins Hopes for Industrial Future on Australian Lithium

Thailand Likely Cuts Another Democratic Movement Short

Senior Singapore Minister Caught in Scandal

Thailand’s Upstart Democratic Forces Likely to End Junta’s Reign

Singaporean Soccer Coach in Coma in Chinese Prison

Indonesia, Malaysia in Sensitive Sea Boundary Talks

US-India Ties: The ‘Defining Partnership’ of the 21st Century?

Australian Ex-lawmakers Caught in Influence Scandal

Xi Seeks to Build Anti-Western Coalition With SCO

Hong Kong Seeks Arrest of Activists Abroad

Singapore Ministers Face Questions Over Rentals

Anwar's Star Dims in Malaysia

Another Human Rights Lawyer Gives up on Hong Kong

Communal Violence Shakes Eastern Indian State

A Pessimist’s View of Korea-Japan Détente

East Malaysia’s Uneasy View of Islam’s Rise

Joko Widowo Seeks to Clean up Indonesia’s Bloody Past

Singapore’s ‘Fake News’ Law: Targeting Critics, Opponents

Thai Political Impasse Moves Closer to Climax

Bongbong’s First Year: Die Seems Cast for Good Times

WHO Seeks to Switch Farmers From Tobacco Cultivation

New Report Details Singapore Newspapers’ Circulation Fraud

Blinken Cools Heels in Beijing as Chinese PM Treads EU Red Carpet

Malaysia’s Flailing GLCs

Former Pakistan Officials Despair Over Nation’s Failures

Vanished Kingdom’s Descendants Sue Malaysia for Billions

Indonesia Government Using Spyware Against Opposition

Malaysia’s Grim Islamic Future

China-India Rivalry Starts to Change Asian Geopolitics

Kingdom of Happiness

Kashmir’s Iconic Dal Lake is Dying

A Cautious Vietnam Brakes China’s Domestic Sway

BOOK REVIEW: Fortune’s Bazaar (The Making of Hong Kong)

Philippines’ Marcos Heads West for Defense Buildup

Women Olympians’ Harassment Complaints Generate National Outcry

Indonesia Resumes Sand Exports, Raising Green Fears

Fundamentalist Islam Comes to Urban Malaysia

Thailand’s Democracy at a Standstill

Singapore Splinter Parties Consolidate to Fight General Election

Rising Sentiment in Seoul to Develop Nuclear Weapons

Asia Sentinel Blocked in Singapore

Malaysia Pays More for Invisible Ships

Chinese Demand for Exotic Fare Drives Extinction Half a World Away

The Belt and Road Turns Into a ‘Debt Trap’ for Beijing

Asia Sentinel answer to Singapore Government Demand for Correction

Japan’s Draconian Criminal Justice System

BOOK REVIEW: The Long Reckoning (A Story of War, Peace and Redemption in Vietnam)

Singapore Government Demand for Correction

Ravaged by Deforestation, Sabah Belatedly Turns to Birdwatching Tourism

Communists Crumbling in the Philippines

Facade of Normalcy for G20 Conclave in Kashmir

Iran at the cusp of change

Marcos-Duterte Split Widens

Singapore kills a Chicken to Scare the Monkeys

Chat Groups Target Taiwan’s Public Opinion on US Arms Deals

India: Everybody’s Sweetheart

China Adds Specious Claims to Its Ownership of the South China Sea

Thailand's Silk Curtain Descends Over the Political Process

Xi Campaigns to Counter the West in the Uneasy ‘Stans

Karnataka Poll Loss Bursts BJP’s Invincibility Balloon

Concerns Over the Return of the Military in Indonesia

Pitfalls for Thailand’s Pita and his Move Forward Party

Amnesty International’s Harsh Criticism of Singapore

Horsetrading Begins in Thailand to Keep Military From Returning to Power

‘Why I Am Giving up Writing About Hong Kong Politics’

‘International Prisoner of Conscience’ Closer to Freedom in Philippines

BOOK REVIEW: I Feel No Peace (Rohingya Fleeing Over Seas and Rivers)

Biden Administration Seeks to Repair Trump's Wreckage in Asia

Thailand's Wily Prayuth Scrambles to Stay in Power

Malaysia’s 5G Rollout Enmeshed in Big Power Rivalry

The Show Trials of Judge Kwok Wai-Kin

After a Decade, Food Insecurity is Back Across Asia

SCO vs NATO: The Struggle to Reshape the World

The Asian Ripples From Russia’s Ukraine Gambit

Indonesia’s Graft Watchdog Now a Shadow of Itself

Britain Gets a New King And a Change of Style

India’s Dangerous Electrification Effort

IMF Twists Pakistan Slowly in the Wind Over Loan

Chinese Money Launderers Helping Mexican Drug Cartels

Marcos Goes to US Buoyed by Successful Military Exercises

South Korea’s Yoon Demonstrates Firm Pro-West Stance in DC Visit

The 25-year Feud That Has Crippled Malaysia

BOOK REVIEW: Ice Islands

India’s Purchases of Russian Crude: What’s at Stake

China’s Xi Invokes a ‘Whole Nation System’ to Beat the West

Bangladesh Leader Sheikh Hasina’s War on the Press

Yuan Rises in Global Influence Against Greenback

Indonesian Presidential Sweepstakes in Confusion

‘Wolf Warriors’ Still on The Prowl

Malaysia’s Anwar Feared to be Losing Power to UMNO

Jammu & Kashmir's Journalists Under Seige

Philippines’ Marcos Shifts Away From Duterte

BOOK REVIEW: The Titanium Economy (How Industrial Technology Can Create a Better, Faster, Stronger America)

A Wolf in Judge's Robes: The Show Trials of Judge Kwok Wai-Kin (Part 2)

Ukraine War Turns Korea a Major Arms Exporter

Hong Kong Loses Ultra-Rich to Mainland, Singapore

Indonesia Seeks Debt Relief on China-Built Fast Rail Project

Taiwan to More Than Double Military Police

Malaysia's Flawed Health Chief

Anwar Ibrahim’s peace gesture to China mired in bad blood

BOOK REVIEW: Robots Won’t Save Japan (An Ethnography of Eldercare Automation)

Developing World Will Pay Heavy Price for Green Revolution

Tackling Pakistan’s Deep Crises

Indonesian Political Uproar Puts Prabowo in ’24 Pole Position

Nuclear North Korea Facing Another Famine

Bongbong’s Make-or-Break Twin Challenges

Thinking the Unthinkable: Setting Malaysia’s Kingmaker Free

Philippines Using AI on its Waste Crisis

New Start in Malaysia-China Relations

The West’s Environmental Crisis Migrates From China Elsewhere

Taiwan Rivals Tsai and Ma in Overseas Travel Flurry

‘Sinophizing’ Russia’s Far East

Thai Leading Opposition Party Looks for Landslide in May Elections

China Woos Singapore, Malaysia, Spain in Diplomatic Gambit

Suharto's Clan: Still in Business, Stumbling in Politics

Forced Partition Isn’t Simple

BOOK REVIEW: When McKinsey Comes to Town

BOOK REVIEW: Dead in the Water (A True Story of Hijacking, Murder and a Global Maritime Conspiracy)

Massive Manhunt for Sikh Activist in Punjab

‘Bapak Malaysia’ Rehabilitated in Royal Commonwealth Ceremony

Human Rights Lawyer Celebrates Year Free From Hong Kong Prison

Malaysia’s PM Anwar Caught in Saudi Gaffe

Taiwan and the Thucydides Trap

Korea Tiptoes Toward Reconciling Comfort Women Issue

Indian Politics in Uproar Over Opposition Leader Gandhi’s Arrest

Great Powers’ ‘Tribal Instincts’ Impel World Toward Trouble

Singapore’s Parliament Pressed Into Service in Lee Family Dispute

Thailand Heads for May Election Amid Pheu Thai Surge

AIDS Epidemic Slows but Defeat Still Far Away

BOOK REVIEW: The Straits Philosophical Society and Colonial Elites in Malaya

Philippine Murder Wave Claims Public Officials

Will US Send Back ‘Operation Fox Hunt’ Fugitive?

An open letter to Michelle Yeoh

India’s Skillful Triangulation of Interests

China’s Growing Gulf Influence

Contagion From SVB’s Collapse Spreads to Asia

Global Leaders Call on Bangladesh PM to Stop Persecuting Nobel Winner Yunus

Thailand Preps for May National Elections

Nguyen Phu Trong’s Lonely Crusade

Questions Over Attempts to Postpone Elections in Indonesia

Malaysian Former PM’s Arrest a Dilemma for Anwar

Seoul Pursues New Entente With Japan

Taiwan Warming to Hosting US Ammo Storage Facilities

A Hong Kong Judge Changes His Spots

Singapore PM’s Brother Pitted Against Brother in Attack

A Resurgent Rahul Gandhi Girds For Next Year’s Polls

China Circles the Wagons Against the US

Development or Conflict? The China-Taliban Alliance

Korea’s Plunging Birthrate Alarms Government

Philippines’ De Lima a ‘Prisoner of Conscience’

Time to Cease Covid Emergency, Docs Say

Lee Family Feud in Singapore Could Mean PM’s Brother’s Arrest

Taking the Measure of Anwar Ibrahim

Japan and India Strengthen Military Bonds

Indonesia Stuck With China's High-Speed ​​Train Project

Malaysia's Budget 23: Another Missed Opportunity

RCEP: Boon or Bane for Marcos’s Government?

China’s Ukraine Proposal at America’s Expense

Post-Covid Art Sales Rise Sharply in India

Climate Change and Economic Security in South Korea

South Korea Starts to Come to Terms with Vietnam War Crimes

Indonesian Top Cop’s Gargantuan Job

Tensions Rise Again in South China Sea

Taiwan Under Pressure to Fortify Matsu Internet Cables

India on the Right Side of the Population Bulge

India’s Modi Goes on the Offensive

Corruption, Governance Woes Plague Indebted Chinese Property Sector

Philippines’ Marcos Tilts West

Modi’s BBC Raid Sends Shock Waves Through India

A Depressing Visit to ‘Asia’s World City’

Reforming Malaysia's Government Finances

Hun Sen Closes a Last Remaining Independent Media Voice

Asia-Pacific Fails its Women

Myanmar’s Troubled Sittwe International Seaport Awaits Opening

Malaysia’s Anwar Rumored Moving Against Opposition Chief

Vietnam Rises as Seoul’s New Economic Partner

Indonesia Newly Aggressive in South China Sea

Indonesia's Anies Baswedan Gains Traction in Presidential Race

Two Years On, Myanmar’s Junta Refuses to Loosen Its Grip

BOOK REVIEW: Ambedkar: A Life

Indonesia Takes Over Asean for 2023

Tough Choice for Philippines’ Marcos

Vietnam's Closing Legal Space for Civil Society

Big Four Bank Sues Son of Major Retailer Over Soccer Club Debts

Indonesia to Soon Ban Bauxite Exports

Women's Reproductive Health in Asia Pacific: Progress, but Work to Do

India Navigates the Ukraine Conflict to its Gain

Philippines’ Maharlika Fund Gets a Controversial Makeover

BBC’s Modi Series Leads to Crackdown on Students

The Beginning of the End for Malaysia’s Oldest Political Party

Want an Expense-paid Trip to Taiwan? Taipei will pay

Little Gain From China’s Gunboat Diplomacy, Analysts Say

End Near for Mindanao’s Islamist Militants?

Vietnamese Journalism: Party-Led Enterprise

India Copes With National Registry Scam

Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Watchdog May be Too Far Gone to Fix

Australia Contemplates a new Parliamentary ‘Voice’

Indonesia Uneasily Welcomes Chinese Tourists

Will Singapore’s Keppel O&M Scandal Drive Reform?

Viet Beauty Queen's Miss World Recital Reawakens War Debate

Seoul Toughens Response on North Korean Spies

Viet President Ousted Amid Covid Scandal

Rasputin in Malaysia

China Earns a Black Eye in Indonesian Palm Oil

India’s ‘Brutal’ Protection Plan Saves One-Horn Rhino

India’s Bollywood Turns to Hindu Nationalism

Expose a Warning to Powerful Figures in China

Thai Premier Scrambles to Stay in Power

Indonesia's PDIP Waits for its Leader to Make Up Her Mind

Mister Kishida Goes to Washington

Singapore Newspapers Caught Inflating Circulation

Spies vs. Spies Square Off in Malaysia

Coal may Scupper Indonesia’s Pretensions to a Green Future

Asean at the Crossroads

What's Behind the Philippine Army's Musical Chairs?

Marcos’s China Visit Yields Clear Gains

Fear Over Growing Use of Blasphemy Law in Indonesia

New Thai Travel Rules Could Dampen GDP Growth

In Vietnam, Some Good Guys Take a Fall for the Team

Vietnam's NGO Dilemma

Now-Defunct FTX Drawn to Hong Kong’s Crypto-Friendly Regulations

India Installs New System to Monitor Kashmiris

Philippines’ Marcos Faces Second Agriculture Crisis

The Adhesive for South Korea-Japan Cooperation

China-led Dam Project Under Fire in Sumatra

2023 And The Questions For Asia

The US Refuses to Play by its Own Trade Rules