AirAsia #QZ8501 disappearance highlights disturbing aspects of Southeast Asian air travel industry

Less than 24 hours into the disappearance of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 and, already, conspiracy theorists are at work reading into the minutiae of minimal information being released by official sources. That QZ8501 is the third Malaysian aircraft (after Malaysian Airlines MH370 vanished with 239 people in March and, another, MH17 carrying 298 people was shot […]

AirAsia #QZ8501 en route from Surabaya to Singapore missing along with 155 passengers

Air Asia Flight QZ8501 remains missing hours after it lost radio contact with Jakarta Air Traffic Control (ATC) Sunday, 28th December 2014. The aircraft, an Airbus 320-200 had 155 passengers on board. According to reports, the plane lost contact with Jakarta ATC at 6:18 a.m. Surabaya time shortly after its pilots requested a deviation from […]

Quaint outcomes on Day One of the 2014 World Economic Forum #WEF conference in Manila

Southeast Asia is a part of the world where much of the wealth was created by former colonial masters, inherited by a small elite clique of oligarchs, and is now largely held by the ethnic Chinese diaspora. The degree to which this wealth has trickled down to the greater population varies by country. Nonetheless, major […]