The Philippines: An Asian anomaly

Publication date 22 October 2019 | 21:00 | ICT

Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman, while on a study visit to the Philippines in 1992, remarked that it was a Latin American economy on the wrong side of the Pacific.



  • Are you malnourished?

    Publication date 21 October 2019 | 21:06 | ICT

    The word ‘malnutrition’ tends to invoke images of starving children in refugee camps, fleeing conflict or drought in lands far-away.

  • Cambodia-Iran: An occasion to reflect on gender

    Publication date 20 October 2019 | 21:05 | ICT

    October was a landmark night for the disparate nations of Cambodia and Iran. Facing off in Tehran for their World Cup 2022 qualifier, Iran inflicted the Cambodian national team’s heaviest ever defeat as 14-0 winners.

  • Turkey is stepping up where others fail to act

    Publication date 17 October 2019 | 20:38 | ICT

    Syria’s refugee flows, violence and instability have pushed us to the limit of our tolerance.

  • Discredited West ought to keep quiet on Kashmir

    Publication date 16 October 2019 | 21:39 | ICT

    Recently, a few US senators, members of the UK Labour party and some political leaders from other Western nations have advised India to lift restrictions in Kashmir.

  • Lifeless forests?

    Publication date 15 October 2019 | 21:29 | ICT

    Until I interacted with some biodiversity experts in a workshop meeting last weekend, I didn’t know that we have largely been doing reforestation wrong in the Philippines.

  • Let girls realise their dreams

    Publication date 14 October 2019 | 20:56 | ICT

    All over the world, we are seeing more and more girls raising their voice for their rights.

  • People’s participation and foreign policy

    Publication date 13 October 2019 | 21:10 | ICT

    The prominent emergence of foreign policy issues in public discussion in Sri Lanka, against the backdrop of an upcoming presidential election in the country, needs to be seen as a highly positive development.

  • Fruits of ‘wisdom’

    Publication date 10 October 2019 | 21:06 | ICT

    It is telling that no one batted an eyelid when, in a tweet threatening to “obliterate” Turkey’s economy if it did anything “off limits”, the Commander-in-Chief of the US referred in passing to his own “great and unmatched wisdom”.

  • The forgotten role of ethnicity in Indonesian history

    Publication date 09 October 2019 | 21:24 | ICT

    Indonesians always have an uneasy relationship with their identities. Recently, racist insults aimed at a number of Papuan students ignited a series of protests in the Papua province.

  • The Asianised world has arrived

    Publication date 08 October 2019 | 20:27 | ICT

    In the 19th century, the world was Europeanised. In the 20th century, it was Americanised. Now it is being Asianised – and much faster than you may think.