Thanks to The Economist and the article here, readers can get a glimpse into Indonesia’s problematic management of both existing terrorists and the terrorist threat going forward.
A wonderful piece here on Sutopo, Indonesia’s voice on natural disasters.
As the article notes, his job sadly offers no possibility of extended inactivity, but he is indeed among the giants of Indonesian public life and will be deeply missed.
As the slow task of rebuilding communities devastated by the horror of the recent Sulawesi Tsunami, space is opening up for more reasoned assessments of the event.
Among those discussions is why the tsunami was so deadly, with a concise summary available here.
The full effects of the tsunami that hit Sulawesi at dusk last night are being discovered as dawn breaks in Indonesia, but the scale of the catastrophe is evident from initial media and social media reports.
A glimpse into the horror that unfolded is available from unverified sources such as the one here.
Viewer discretion is advised, particularly for those readers in Indonesia who survived previous tsunamis or were affected by the tragedy.
A gallery of still pictures is available here.
More news and analysis to come.
In my travels through the Twitterverse I came across the Spectator Index here. The caveat is that I don’t know the source of some of these statistics, but will take them on trust out of curiousity.
Drawing on just a few recent posts there (at the time of this post), I can tell you that these Southeast Asian countries rate in the global top ten on the following measures…
If you are interested in statistics, and borderline statistical trivia, the Spectator Index may be a Twitter account awaiting your following.
Anak Krakatau, meaning the child of Krakatau (anglicised to Krakatoa) is among Indonesia’s more active volcanoes.
The original Krakatau (depictured in a contemporary artwork above) eruption is almost certainly the most famous volcanic eruption in history, and resulted in the orphaned remnant visible today.
Incedible scenes indeed!
While the post title suggests the problem is restricted to the Philippines, overfishing across Southeast Asia is leading inexorably to an environmental, economic, social and ultimately political crisis.
The issue is explored in greater depth in the story here, but those seeking easy answers to the inevitable crisis will be disappointed.
The solutions will be complex, multifaceted, difficult to implement and painful for many stakeholders.
In an ideal world this is where ASEAN would be best placed to achieve solutions, but sadly we don’t live in an ideal world and I suspect this will become Southeast Asia’s very own tragedy of the commons.
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I have intermittently linked to individual EastAsia Forum articles in the past, but I should take the opportunity to introduce the full EastAsia Forum site here.
The EastAsia Forum has some very insightful pieces by some world class contributors and is highly recommended.