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Samsung, Apple expected to make a truce for mutual interest

When imitation is not flattery: Samsung taking a bite off Apple THE MAXIM “Imitation is the best form of flattery” clearly does not hold in the business arena where corporations count on making newer and better gadgets and staying one step ahead of the global competition. Enter this frontier and a different value system is […]

Myanmar Media Law Reform A Key Test of Non-Partisan Press-2

*Editor’s note: This is the last of two part stories on Myanmar Media Law. To Thailand-based  editor Aung Zaw the Press reforms represent the government’s switch to a more sophisticated approach in handling the media. He would like to see Unescos best practices reflected in the Press charter. As highlighted at the  Unesco media conference […]

Myanmar Media Law Reform A Key Test of Non-Partisan Press-1

*Editor’s note: This is the first of two part stories on Myanmar Media Law. Calling your bluff seems to mark the dealings between the  censor and journalists as Myanmar set about to reform its Press system as part of efforts to burnish its democratic credentials. The quasi-democratic government plans to replace its outdated 1962 Registration […]

Building Blogs of ASEAN Social Bonding

Abroad, my sentimental friend Abdul Razak, a fair-skinned Indonesian, liked to quip that he is an Asean Man. He says: “When I am in Singapore I passed for a Chinese; in Vietnam as a Vietnamese, in Philippines as a Filipino, in Laos as a Laotian; in Thailand as a Thai and in Malaysia as a […]

A Singaporean temple goes ahead in practicing green energy

A Singaporean temple goes ahead in practicing green energy

Spiritual food for the soul is what you get when you visit any Buddhist shrine in Asia … until you step into the Poh Ern Shih (Temple of Thanksgiving) in Singapore. There, you will receive something more, something scientific and enlightening too. At this Chinese-style Mahayan shrine, devotees come and pray to the Buddhist saint, […]

Asian nations watch effect of SNS campaigning

As 40.18 million go to the polls in South Korea’s parliamentary elections today, other Asian democracies are watching to see how the use of social media in campaigning bears on the outcome. What difference will it make given the close fight between the ruling conservative New Frontier Party and the centre-left Democrats United Party . […]

What we learnt from Fukushima

A Japanese nuclear engineering on a speaking tour of several Asian capitals to clear the cloud of controversy over the Fukushima accident was thrown this double-sided question: What is the cost to Japan of using nuclear energy and of not using it?   It is a question that could apply equally to many other countries […]

Are sharks endangered by fin soup?

Are sharks endangered by fin soup?

HOW YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SHARK AND EAT IT – FIN & ALL  A guessing game for guests at a Chinese wedding dinner play, while waiting for the second dish to be served, is : Will it be shark fin soup? The quiz is also about  tradition and change. If the answer is yes, it’s a […]

Asia’s economic power-houses eye Arctic el dorado

Asia’s economic power-houses eye Arctic el dorado

Asia’s economic power-houses eye Arctic el dorado With global warming bringing nearer the likelihood of opening up sea lanes and spurring exploitation of vast natural resource across the Arctic, an exciting political chess game is unfolding in the ice-melting polar region where China, Japan and South Koreas as well as Singapore are angling to make […]

Park v Chun, Where They Stayed

Park v Chun, Where They Stayed

On 25th anniversary of the death of student Park Jong-chul A cell in a police detention centre where a student died from torture. And a cell in a Buddhist temple where a general did his penance. In stark symbolic contrast, these sites have been associated with key episodes in the struggle against dictatorship and eventual […]

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