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“They can attract tourists, and also show that there are certain lessons of the past that should not be forgotten. These are actual tangible evidence of plunder”

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 22, 2012

Maita Gonzaga, a senior official at the President Commission on Good Government, discusses plans to put on public display jewels seized 26 years ago from former first lady Imelda Marcos. The government plans to auction them off after they have been on display. The widow of Philippines leader Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda amassed a huge collection


“Their health has improved after the treatment, and some saw their chronic illnesses disappear”

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 22, 2012

– Dau Xuan Tuong, deputy administrator at the Vietnam Association of Agent Orange Victims, says 22 Agent Orange victims have seen marked improvement to their quality of life after undergoing a month-long ìdetoxificationî treatment developed by the Church of Scientology, which includes sauna sessions and vitamins.


Irrawaddy express

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 15, 2012

The company behind arguably the world’s most celebrated rail journey, the Orient Express from Singapore to Bangkok, is searching out a new frontier in Myanmar. A new cruise route up the Irrawaddy River is set to open in July 2013, on a locally built cruiser named Orcaella after the famed dolphins that call the Irrawaddy


Climate change in Southeast Asia

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 12, 2012

Exposed and vulnerable: Southeast Asia is vulnerable to climate change for three main reasons. Firstly, most of the population and economic activity is along the coastline, which is more vulnerable to physical impacts such as storms and rising sea levels. Secondly, the economy is closely linked to natural resources, such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries, which


Rice, rice baby

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 12, 2012

While rice consumption in Asia is declining rapidly as a consequence of the region’s economic growth, rising disposable income, lifestyle changes and massive rural-to-urban labour migration, the staple remains Asia’s most important crop. It continues to be the single largest source of calories for the majority of consumers who are poor; in 2007, rice accounted


A giant magazine

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 12, 2012

916: The number of pages in Vogue’s September 2012 issue, which celebrated the magazine’s 120th anniversary. Lady Gaga adorned the cover of a tome that weighed just over two kilos and featured 658 pages of advertisements.


In Brief: Renewable energy in Singapore

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 12, 2012

In its attempts to become a world leader in clean energy, the Singaporean government says it aims to make the renewable energy sector contribute $1.36 billion to the island state’s gross domestic product and employ 7,000 people by 2015.


In Brief: ASEAN

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 12, 2012

The creation of the Asean Economic Community will likely be postponed by a year, said secretary general Surin Pitsuwan. The implementation of the AEC was scheduled for January 1, 2015, but it may be pushed back to December 31 of that year.


Financial support in Myanmar

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 12, 2012

85 million: The amount of support, in dollars, the World Bank Group will provide in grants to benefit men, women and children in Myanmar through community-driven development programmes, which will allow communities to decide which projects to invest in. In addition to helping alleviate poverty, the grants are intended to build confidence in the reform


Vietnamese rice

By: Southeast Globe - October 12, 2012

5’000: The amount of rice pledged, in tonnes, by Vietnam to flood-hit North Korea. Flooding in the reclusive state has killed at least 169 people and inundated tens of thousands of hectares of crop land since June. The disaster represents a challenge for Kim Jong-un, who is leading a nation that has grappled with severe