Ever wondered how someone from Southeast Asia can get to live and work illegally in the developed world?
One answer is here…lah.
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.
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.
There is a lot to admire about the smooth efficiency of Changi Airport, but could the airport become just a bit too efficient for passenger comfort?
The report here raises that possibility, along with a number of other concerns that, while not explicit in the article, emerge on reflection.
Of course any concerns are based on the belief that privacy is not completely dead and the surveillance state is both undesirable and still avoidable.
The merits of that belief are a whole other post.
A quick flag for those interested in Cambodia, with Australia’s ABC television about to screen a major piece of investigative journalism.
A trailer is available here. Message me if you’re interested but cannot find a link to the online telecast.