Return of the Haze

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Typhoons in the Philippines and heavy rains that have caused major flooding in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam have failed to head south where rain is sorely needed to douse forest and possibly peat fires that have ensured the annual re-run of the dreaded haze.

Eye tingling and occasionally gut retching, the inability of Indonesia to end the burning off that creates the haze is an unfortunate testament to the centralized powers of Jakarta and a reality check for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in particular Singapore and Malaysia where it is felt most. Read more in The Diplomat.

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