Sixty years ago, on March 25, 1957, the heads of government of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands met in Rome to sign the treaty establishing the European Economic Community, the forerunner of today’s European Union (EU). The document is explicit about its objectives: the preamble announces that the treaty will “lay the.. read more →

2017 Mar 11
March 11, 2017

Asean’s next 50 years

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ASEAN needs to be revitalised. It needs the kind of leadership that led to its establishment on Aug 8, 1967 or, for example, to the clear and defining statement on ZOPFAN, the Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality, in 1971. Instead, it has not been able to take a clear stand on challenging issues or.. read more →

Economic integration has not improved promised legal protections SINGAPORE — From the very outset, Myint’s search for work to support her family had to be conducted outside the law. Like thousands before her, the frightened young woman from Myanmar was recruited by a Yangon labor agency in defiance of a temporary ban enacted by the.. read more →

Thailand’s seafood industry has supplied the global market with about $7 billion dollars annually. WASHINGTON DC — Thailand’s seafood industry has supplied the global market with about $7 billion dollars annually. Half of that is shrimp products destined for supermarkets in the US, Europe, and Japan. The shrimp industry needs lots of manpower and has absorbed.. read more →

Leaders of a Cambodian workers’ union on Wednesday urged an end to workplace violence and discrimination against women, while civil society organizations called on the government to take measures to protect female workers. The calls came on International Women’s Day, held annually on March 8 since 1911 to recognize the social, economic, cultural, and political.. read more →