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  1. Myanmar's border towns gasp for economic life

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Christopher Johnson

    ... Christopher Johnson Western leaders proposing sanctions against Myanmar need to examine the nuts and bolts of the Myanmese economy in order to avoid harming ordinary people. They are already suffering from exorbitant living costs, a plummeting currency an ...

  2. Why non-violence has failed in Myanmar

    Posted Oct 09th 2007, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Gwynne Dyer Empty monasteries, severed telecommunications and a sullen, beaten silence; it doesn't just feel like a defeat for the Myanmese people - it feels like the end of an era. It was an era that began at the other end of Southeast Asia two deca ...

  3. Wave of recriminations

    Posted Dec 26th 2006, 12:00am by Fabio Scarpello

    ... and electricity.' The people of the Indonesian province of Aceh suffered the hardest blow when the tsunami brought death and destruction to countries bordering the Indian Ocean rim. The combined number ...

  4. Myanmese artist passionate about the fruit of her labour

    Posted Feb 18th 2008, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak. While the rest of the city was getting smoochy on Thursday, the Asia Fine Art gallery took a more artistic approach to the flowers and romance of Valentine's Day. It hosted the opening of Myanmese p ...

  5. A false dawn

    Posted Feb 14th 2007, 12:00am by Fabio Scarpello

    ... Banda Aceh's post-tsunami economy is booming thanks to a construction frenzy, but not everyone is benefiting- and the bubble may soon burst, writes Fabio Scarpello It is late evening in Banda Aceh's Jalan Simpang Surabaya and the place is buzzin ...

  6. Island mentality ignores history

    Posted Apr 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... before the Yuan dynasty. China makes much of the early 15th century expeditions of Zheng He to the Indian Ocean and Africa. But Indonesians had been crossing that ocean at least 1,000 years ... to navigation beyond coastal waters. For centuries, the masters of the oceans were the Malayo-Polynesian peoples who colonised much of the world, from Taiwan to New Zealand and Hawaii to the south ...

  7. Beijing won't bite the hand that feeds

    Posted Oct 19th 2007, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... in the country. Myanmar has become the most promising gateway to the Indian Ocean for China's landlocked western areas. Not long before it crushed the pro-democracy protests, the junta declared its ... of Bengal and Indian Ocean through Myanmese territory. The almost-2,000km-long corridor would include oil and gas pipelines running alongside a highway to deep-water terminals and ports ...

  8. Beijing keen to avoid maritime row with India

    Posted Nov 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... She also said that China had to co-operate with India over security because the PLA Navy did not want to challenge India's navy in the Indian Ocean. 'PLA Navy forces have been ... strategy is slipping into an extremely dangerous whirlpool.' Referring to the commentary, Li said: 'Beijing just advised the Indian company to reconsider and pull out of their investment ...

  9. For whom the bell tolls

    Posted Jan 04th 2005, 12:00am by Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... Rajiv Gandhi, then India's prime minister, invested in a navy with round-the-clock capability. His plan to put the Indian back into the Indian Ocean was seen as hegemonic. Attitudes changed ... the Indian Ocean littoral, India is reminded of its ancient links with the lands of the Sri Vijaya and Majapahit empires. The modern successors of these realms also have good reason to welcome India ...

  10. The Argumentative Indian- Writings on Indian Culture, History and Identity

    Posted Dec 31st 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb The Argumentative Indian- Writings on Indian Culture, History and Identity by Amartya Sen Penguin, HK$150 'India has a long and noble argumentative tradition,' The Economist summarised in its review of Nobel economics laureate Amartya Sen's collection of essays of the past decade, The Argumentative Indian, one of the standout paperback books released ...




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