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Crop damage Cambodia

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 23, 2012

90: The percentage of surveyed Cambodian households that reported crop damage to wet season rice due to the 2011 floods. Thirty percent reported damage so extensive they were not able to harvest any rice. For those who managed a wet season rice harvest, yield was less than half the average. A survey last month revealed


King Father Norodom Sihanouk passes away aged 89

By: Southeast Asia Globe - October 22, 2012

OPINION: King Father Norodom Sihanouk dies in Beijing on October 15, a fortnight before he would have celebrated his 90th birthday. Dr Markus Karbaum takes a look back at the turbulent life of Cambodia’s greatest patriot


“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.