The military should loosen its grip and allow society to build on the foundations for democracy laid over the past four years.
In early 2006, ASEAN senior economic officials were given this challenge by their ministers: craft the economic future of the grouping; an economic community not by 2020, as stipulated in ASEAN Vision 2020, but in 2015.
HIV/AIDS knows no boundaries. The virus spreads to every corner of the country, including Aceh, where sharia law takes effect and gives no room for promiscuity. It has infected people from all walks of life, including loyal housewives.
Optimism that Asia is about to enter a new era of relative peace and prosperity over the next decade — a broad sentiment evident at the recent Straits Times Global Outlook Forum — appears to be consonant with global trends.
Last week's refusal by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut production, in spite of a supply glut and falling prices, underscores the complicated dynamics of oil markets.
Measures to stop the decline of Japan's population and redress excessive concentrations of population and industry in the Tokyo metropolitan area are significant issues related to the basis of the nation's existence.
It goes without saying that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been waiting for this day for quite a while, ever since former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) landed himself behind bars on corruption charges.
One of the biggest problems in the South Korean economy is that its labor market is not flexible by global standards.
Samsung Group has decided on a path that allows it to focus on its core businesses with the sales of its chemical and defence units to Hanwha Group announced Wednesday.
North Korea may be closely watching the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West as it explores the most beneficial way to gain concessions from the U.S. and other parties, analysts said Wednesday.