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Carmel Barrau
Dec 9, 2012

105 Women Rescued From Maid Agency in Malaysia

Dec 9, 2012 by Carmel Barrau

Immigration officers rescued 105 women between the ages of 18 to 25 from an alleged maid agency earlier this week in a monumental scandal. Twelve people held responsible for this have already been detained in accordance with the anti-trafficking laws. These females were allegedly promised monthly wages for domestic help work but had not received any payments after six months of labor. Additionally, most of these women were promised other jobs before being swindled into being maids with...


Carmel Barrau
Dec 9, 2012

Two Singapore-Owned Schools in Vietnam Shut Down

Dec 9, 2012 by Carmel Barrau

Earlier this week, two schools in Vietnam were closed down for illegally offering graduate and undergraduate courses. These institutions were only licensed to offer short-term courses in tourism, hotel management, and business administration but the Ministry for Education and training fined these schools due to offering unregistered courses. While discussion was being undertaken as to the status of the institutions in question, the schools unexpectedly closed leaving hundreds of studen...


Carmel Barrau
Dec 9, 2012

Corruption Charges to Force the Resignation of Indonesian Sports Minister

Dec 9, 2012 by Carmel Barrau

Indonesian Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng resigned from his post last Friday amidst corruption and embezzlement charges. According to Corruption Eradication Commission, Mallarangeng is being accused of embezzling approximately 25 million in U.S. dollars but he denies the reports. The CEC is proving quite effective in the war against Indonesian corruption as they are also responsible for sending former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin behind bars for 5 years. This could...


Carmel Barrau
Dec 2, 2012

The Philippines Seek A New Balence With China

Dec 2, 2012 by Carmel Barrau

The Aquino Administration, given its recent actions, seems to be seeking a less frayed relationship with Beijing and China as a whole. With new Chinese leadership in place, Manila leaders look to put an end to what could result in a more disaster-filled fallout diplomatically. The Philippines needs this to work out to keep one of its strongest trading partners in China within their economic grasp lest they face issues of their own. What Aquino and his administration must do is firstly,...


Carmel Barrau
Dec 2, 2012

Obama's Myanmar Visit a Historic One

Dec 2, 2012 by Carmel Barrau

Earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama made a historic trip to Myanmar that opened it up to the United States for trade for the first time and is set to include Bangladesh in these agreements as well. This agreement, in addition to the bilateral trade agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh, could generate as much as 500 million dollars in trade favoring Myanmar. The only issue that remains is the continued ethnic conflicts in the western Rakhine state that borders Bangladesh ...