Myanmar’s jade mining industry pulls in billions of dollars annually despite an ongoing conflict between the military and the Kachin Independence Army. The conflict is deeply tied to the same inequality that pushes workers into the risky and accident-prone mines.
Another deadly jade mining accident in northern Myanmar shows the consequences of inequality in the country and how resource extraction and land conflicts drive civil war.
Corruption in Laos is getting worse. The country’s political structure creates an environment where corruption thrives. But conversation is sewing the seeds for change.
The former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak and his wife are at the centre of another graft scandal. Is the net closing in on what was once Malaysia’s most powerful couple?
The Vietnamese government appears to have clamped down hard on corruption, but there are question marks about its motivations.
Ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra broke her promise to face justice, allegedly left Thailand, and joined her brother Thaksin in exile.
Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino faces charges for graft and “usurpation of authority”. Duterte seems keen to serve justice.
China has problems in the ASEAN region. Its reputation, its history, and its ability to deliver on its promises.
Thailand looks set for a return to civilian-led democracy, although the new constitution that will help them get there could actually put more power into the hands of the military.
The Prime Minister of Laos has pledged to crack down on the millions of dollars lost in national revenue each year because of a deep-rooted culture of corruption in his country’s organisations.