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| High-price soap just won't wash
Asia Times, 15 April 1997, 743 words
Cleanliness is next to godliness, so it is said, and the companies doing battle for the detergent market in Vietnam are working up missionary zeal. ...
| Shaking societies out of their desire for sons through choice, not laws
Asia Times, 3 April 1997, 1576 words
After four and a half years of squabbling over the issue, India has finally decided to outlaw the abortion of healthy fetuses just because they are girls. ...
| Gemstone smugglers shine in Vietnam
Asia Times, 26 March 1997, 876 words
Sidle into a jewelry shop in Vietnam with a shifty look on your face and chances are you will not be asked what you want to buy, but rather what you have to sell. ...
| TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE TRADE BROTH
Financial Times, 10 October 1996, 751 words
Belgium Too many cooks spoil the trade broth To the dismay of business, federalism has forced a split in trade representation, says Elizabeth Pisani ...
| Pure bliss
Asia Times, 2 August 1996, 1200 words
Tep Vattho is afraid of ghosts. From that fear has sprung perhaps the most beautiful hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tep Vattho, the daughter of a cultured official who cultivated orchids when not practising as a judge, fled the country at ...
| The AIDS time bomb
Asia Times, 12 June 1996, 1740 words
Buddhist monk Phal Houn works in a growth industry - he claims he can cure AIDS. But he and others unwilling or unable to grasp the reality of the country's commercial sex culture will make matters even worse in Cambodia, where the AIDS ...
| Girls at the front line keep the amber liquid flowing
Asia Times, 23 May 1996, 761 words
The eternal sounds of evening in one of Phnom Penh's waterfront restaurants - frogs croak, mosquitos whine, and promotion girls wheedle: "You drink one more beeeer, siiir." Before you have time to protest, a crack, a fizz, and yet ...
| Cambodia's battle of the breweries
Asia Times, 23 May 1996, 1136 words
Trouble is brewing in Cambodia. The country's second beer factory will come on stream later this year, and plans are already being drawn up for the almighty marketing battle that will ensue. Some of the 48 brands now pushed at consumers ...
| A brand new game in Cambodia
Asia Times, 21 May 1996, 842 words
The logo is familiar - a pointed red roof sits atop solid black lettering proclaiming Phnom Penh's newest fast-food restaurant: "Pizza Hot". ...
| Living in the land of ghosts
Asia Times, 22 April 1996, 980 words
Traipsing through the Cambodian countryside is not for the faint-hearted - in every shadow lurks a ghost of the country's barbaric past. Wander into a collapsed schoolhouse a couple of kilometers down a dirt track from a favorite Khmer ...
| Shopping for success
Asia Times, 19 March 1996, 750 words
It is the stuff of supermarket magnates' dreams. A prime retail location at US$45 a month, interest-free capital, all stocks on credit or consignment and no wage bills. But Nguyen Qui Chi Linh is no dreamer. The mover and shaker behind just ...
| Golden gastropods disappoint gastronomes, gobble rice
Asia Times, 19 March 1996, 598 words
All that is gold does not glister - as Cambodia's farmers are about to find out. Golden apple snails, more elegant in their shells than the sludge-colored local variety, are being flogged to farmers as an extra money-maker. They are new ...
| Pesticides poisoning Cambodia's earth
Asia Times, 18 March 1996, 1570 words
Recognizing that it has become a dumping ground for pesticide products that no one else wants, Cambodia is drawing up a law to clear out the worst of the poison. ...
| Washing money in Cambodia
Asia Times, 14 March 1996, 595 words
While some wonder how Cambodia's banking system defies economic gravity, others see the answer in soap suds. "Money laundering. Banks need to show some legitimate economic activity and they are prepared to pay quite a high price for it ...
| Cambodian central bank battles cowboy market
Asia Times, 14 March 1996, 1092 words
"No weapons or explosives allowed inside. Please leave with security," reads the sign at the door. A nightclub, perhaps? No, this is Cambodia's central bank. ...
| Cambodia press gets it all wrong, pays the price
Asia Times, 21 February 1996, 1068 words
Cambodia's newspapers, full of photos of disemboweled bodies and commentary comparing leaders to farmyard animals, are easy targets for those who want to restrict the freedom of the press. What worries many is that vague press laws are ...
| Cambodia hospitals face dry season flood
Asia Times, 15 February 1996, 672 words
Cambodia's military hospitals, braced for the annual dry-season parade of amputees and war-wounded, are desperately short of just about everything - despite a donation by the the nation's businessmen. ...
| Vietnamese bug-catching inventor finds golfing saviour links
Asia Times, 14 February 1996, 998 words
Le Van Danh wanted to be Robin Hood. But instead of making life more secure for Vietnam's poor rice farmers, he finds himself making life more comfortable for the golf-playing class. ...
| Detectives decode Vietnam's market
Asia Times, 6 February 1996, 861 words
A few years ago, Vietnam barely had markets. Now it has market researchers elbowing to fill the offbeat role required by the industry - part statistician, part sociologist, part private detective. ...
| Miserable conditions, pitiful wages fuel Asia boom
Reuters News, 11 May 1993, 623 words
HONG KONG, May 11, Reuter - While businessmen boast of Asia's economic success, many of the workers who have helped build it slave away in miserable conditions for pitiful wages. ...
| Shellfire and bare boards - Burma's perfect guest house
Reuters News, 9 April 1993, 744 words
MANERPLAW, Burma, April 9, Reuter - It's illegal to get there and you're as likely to be woken in the night by the crash of shellfire as by the croaking of lizards. But as guest houses go the one at Manerplaw has its charms. ...
| In Cambodia, toll takers come armed
International Herald Tribune , 24 April 1992
BATTAMBANG, Cambodia - If your workday runs from four in the morning to dawn, I guess you have the right to a sour face. Cambodia's professional bandits seem to think so.
| Cuba looks to Western businessmen to save socialism
International Herald Tribune , 26 September 1991, 973 words
HAVANA - Cuba, swallowing its communist pride in the search for new friends, has laid on an effusive welcome for the right-wing Spanish politician Manuel Fraga.
| SEA-WORMS, MOUNTED WARRIORS BRING RICE TO INDONESIAN ISLAND
Reuters News, 4 April 1991, 658 words
GAURA, Indonesia, April 4, Reuter - With bloodcurdling yells and a hail of lances the mounted warriors of Sumba battle to spill blood and ensure the success of the harvest. ...
| INVESTING IN INDONESIA? DON'T LOOK AT THE BOOKS
Reuters News, 17 November 1990, 779 words
JAKARTA, Nov 17, Reuter - Impressive figures, say foreign investors flicking through the books of many a company in Indonesia's booming private sector. But are they genuine? ...
| BLOOD, GLORY AND A GOOD BREAKFAST FOR MADURA'S RACING BULLS
Reuters News, 24 August 1990, 593 words
AMBUNTEN, Indonesia, Aug 24, Reuter - Fifty eggs, coffee with no sugar, a dose of medicinal herbs and Madura's bulls are ready to go. And go they do, at 40 kilometres (25 miles) per hour. ...
| CROCODILES WITH EXPENSIVE EATING HABITS MAKE FEATHERS FLY
Reuters News, 14 June 1990, 626 words
MEDAN, Indonesia, June 14, Reuter - Feathers fly, guts spill out and the afternoon air fills with the sounds of snapping, ripping and chomping as crocodiles munch on half a tonne of freshly killed chickens. ...
| INDONESIAN ORANG-UTANS PUT HUNTERS' SKILLS TO THE TEST
Reuters News, 23 May 1990, 740 words
BOHORK, Indonesia, May 23, Reuter - Surrounded by dogs and shouting boys, a Sumatran orang-utan shows no sign of wanting to leave its home in a scrap of jungle in the middle of a cocoa plantation. ...
| RICE - RARE BUG THREATENS INDONESIA PEST PROGRAMME
Reuters News, 18 April 1990, 826 words
JAKARTA, APRIL 18, Reuter - Seventy-five thousand Indonesian farmers go to school this week to learn to wage war on a rare insect that is wreaking havoc with the rice crop and politics. ...
| JUNGLES, FESTIVALS AND MONEY PUT MALAYSIA ON THE TOURIST MAP
Reuters News, 3 January 1990, 912 words
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3, Reuter - Malaysia kicks off the 1990s with a bang that it hopes will turn into a tourism boom. The decade began with a massive midnight party in the capital to mark the start of Visit Malaysia Year. ...
|Cannons and cartels: The spicy world of nutmeg
Reuters News, 18 December 1989, 728 words
RUN ISLAND, Indonesia, Dec 18, Reuter - Crouched in the tropical sea, dotted with a few bamboo huts and free of traffic snarls or drug warfare, Run hardly seems a match for New York.
| TIGERS AND TECHNOLOGY BRING WARNINGS IN THE RING OF FIRE
Reuters News, 6 November 1989, 941 words
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia, Nov 6, Reuter - Tigers invading the villages, ants swarming out of the ground and hundreds of thousands of dollars of high-technology equipment drawing wiggly graphs. ...
| BROKERS DO BRISK TRADE IN INDONESIA'S ILLEGAL ABORTIONS
Reuters News, 27 August 1989, 884 words
JAKARTA, Aug 27, Reuter - While Indonesia laps up international praise for promoting contraceptives and braking population growth, its hospitals, doctors and mystic masseurs compete for a share in the illegal abortion market. ...
| INDONESIANS STRUGGLE WITH THE TAX MAN
Reuters News, 28 July 1989, 828 words
JAKARTA, July 28, Reuter - The Indonesian government is using patriotism and penalties to induce a reluctant populace to pay income tax, but the virtuous few who do pay are still only a tiny part of the workforce. ...
| ILLEGAL GOLD MINERS OUTSTRIP LICENSED OPERATORS IN INDONESIA
Reuters News, 20 July 1989, 825 words
KELIAN, Indonesia, July 20, Reuter - Five-year-olds equipped with tiny prospecting pans are among tens of thousands of Indonesians making a living digging and panning illegally for gold. ...
| Islamic Ascetics From Java Thrive on Pain
Reuters, 8 March 1989, 421 words
Anyer, Indonesia After 10 days of fasting most people would be happy to eat anything. Achmad Djunaedi chose a lightbulb. Djunaedi, who says his family has prayed, fasted and indulged in a variety of self-inflicted brutalities for 53 ...
| PROGRESS ON INDIA'S INVESTMENT "FAST TRACK" MAY BE SLOW
Reuters News, 8 July 1988, 886 words
NEW DELHI, July 8, Reuter - India is being nudged gently into opening up an investment "fast track" to make life easier for foreign businessmen, but diplomats and economists say political constraints may keep progress slow. ...