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The Indonesian government needs policy space to regulate for public interest. It remains to be seen how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will influence future regulation in the field of e-commerce.
 
Until very recently, few mainstream economists took climate change seriously when projecting growth. Weather is something the polite talk about when they have nothing to say.
 
As of the time of writing, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is standing pat on his decision to allow the transfer of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos to the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) in September, ostensibly to live up to his promise given to the Marcos family and the voters of the Ilocos region.
 
If at times it appears that the state is not demonstrating enough seriousness in the fight against terrorism and militancy, there is also ample evidence that, notwithstanding Pakistan's battle-scarred landscape, the citizenry itself has the same mindset.
 
What is a memorable way to celebrate a country's independence day? For Indonesia, one of the events lined up was the sinking of foreign fishing boats caught after allegedly encroaching into its territorial waters. Not one boat, not several boats, but 60 in one go.
 
Shock and awe just about sums up the stunning achievement of young Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling at the Rio Olympics.
 
One of the promises that every government in Pakistan holds out to the people is that it will end load-shedding. Deadlines are announced but not met. Waiting for uninterrupted power supply from the grid is like waiting for Godot.
 
Celebrating its 71st Independence Day anniversary, Indonesia has revealed an ugly, disturbing side that the nation should have long discarded: xenophobia.
 
By now the name of Gen. Zia ul-Haq has practically become a metaphor for the darkest decade in Pakistan's history.
 
Nepal acquired its sense of national identity after Prithvi Narayan Shah united many small principalities into one political identity in 1768. In this regard, Nepal can be called the oldest nation-state in South Asia. In 1768, the U.S. was still struggling to free itself from the yoke of British colonialism and India existed as a splintered subcontinent, similarly plagued and plundered by British imperialism.
 
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