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Politics and Free Expression in Indonesia

Once a week in Jakarta, the antics of a fictitious president named Si Butet dari Yogya – whose initials are “coincidentally” the same as those of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudho... Read More...
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Korea’s Baby Crisis

All across Asia, in a stunning reversal of history, birth rates are falling at a startling rate in the most-developed economies. But nowhere on earth is the birth rate falling faster than in one of the reg... Read More...
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Book Review: How Countries Compete

How Countries Compete By Richard H.K. Vietor 282pp, US$35 Harvard Business School Press Dick Vietor has a simple premise: countries compete as much as businesses compete. However, business execu... Read More...
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Palawan’s Sea Gypsies Under Threat

Very few people outside the Badjao community on the Philippine island of Palawan speak their tribal language. But somehow, you just know what it means to hear someone shout “Shark! Shark!” in any ... Read More...
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Pan-Asian Beauty Battle

While Singapore Airlines has spent 35 years building its brand around the Singapore Girl – whose sexy-chaste figure, clad in a clinging floor-length dress, has become almost the emblem of Singapore itse... Read More...
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Morality, Spies and Chastity Belts…

When Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi shot down a move last month by the Islamic government in the northeastern state of Terengganu to train spies to watch couples engaged in “immoral act... Read More...
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The Sea Gypsies of Surin Island

One of the smallest ethnic minorities in Asia, Thailand’s sea gypsies were virtually unknown to the outside world until the massive 2004 tsunami that ravaged Southeast Asia. One of the most amazing sto... Read More...
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The Sea Gypsies of Surin Island

One of the smallest ethnic minorities in Asia, Thailand’s sea gypsies were virtually unknown to the outside world until the massive 2004 tsunami that ravaged Southeast Asia. One of the most amazing st... Read More...
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Saving the Heart of Borneo

On Feb. 12, in an elaborate ceremony in Bali, representatives of the three governments with jurisdiction over the ecological jewel that is the island of Borneo signed the “Heart of Borneo” Declar... Read More...