How to Clear Away the Haze Suffocating Southeast Asia

How to Clear Away the Haze Suffocating Southeast Asia

Even for a region that has gotten used to choking haze, the severity of Southeast Asia's current air pollution crisis is unprecedented. Forest fires in Borneo and Sumatra have created a thick cloud of smoke that hangs over Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and even stretches to Vietnam and the Philippines. These are the worst fires in almost 20 years and perhaps, if NASA's predictions are accurate, the worst in recorded history.

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Internet is a bane for developing economies

Internet is a bane for developing economies

Last week, Jack Ma called for a new “e-WTO” with the aim of helping small businesses get on the Internet, as the best hope in the fight against poverty. This appeal came after Alibaba’s largest ever “Singles Day” a week earlier, with almost US$14.3bn of merchandise sold in 24 hours. Alibaba’s social media accounts even reported that Premier Li Keqiang called CEO Jack Ma to wish him a successful day. “Singles Day” is now the world’s largest shopping day, dwarfing even the United States’ “Black Friday.

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