Inside view of Myanmar’s Rohingya insurgency

An Asia Times investigation into Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh shows the insurgent Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army relies on religion and coercion to recruit its sometimes reluctant members By Carlos Sardiña Galache Four months ago, while walking to his house from the mosque in his village in Maungdaw in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Rasheed Ali was … Continue reading Inside view of Myanmar’s Rohingya insurgency

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China not happy with Australian foreign policy white paper

@ascorrespondent CHINA’s foreign ministry has publicly rebuked “irresponsible remarks” regarding the South China Sea in an Australian white paper released this week, a document which warned of China’s rising regional influence and highlighted the need to bolster ties with “like-minded” partners. The 115-page 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper argued that a more insular United States … Continue reading China not happy with Australian foreign policy white paper

‘Real Bali’ as Western construct: Rethinking tourism’s ‘ruination’ of Bali

Lisa Qian Yale University undergraduate studying economics, human rights and Southeast Asia Anyone even remotely familiar with the tourism industry of Bali has inevitably heard the question: “Is tourism ruining Bali?” This question has become the central topic of clichéd debate among both short-term tourists and long-term residents, in which the same points about traffic, unfettered … Continue reading ‘Real Bali’ as Western construct: Rethinking tourism’s ‘ruination’ of Bali

Kazakh organisations form Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association

By Zhazira Dyussembekova in Business ASTANA – In the midst of the worldwide blockchain and cryptocurrencies craze, Kazakhstan has realised the relevancy of the trend like never before. In mid-November, the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association applied for state registration as a legal entity to promote the technology’s ideas and draft legislation in the field. The … Continue reading Kazakh organisations form Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association

Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe can lead the ‘Asian century’, if China and Japan are able to bury the past

Chandran Nair says Xi and Abe, strong leaders of economic powerhouses, have a historic opportunity to shape the 21st century in Asia, as the US wavers. But first, they must recognise legitimate concerns and embrace the symbolic elements of Asian-style diplomacy Chandran Nair Donald Trump’s first visit to Asia showed the region at its best … Continue reading Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe can lead the ‘Asian century’, if China and Japan are able to bury the past