Fossil Fuel Industry Knew the Climate Damage it was Causing

Fossil Fuel Industry Knew the Climate Damage it was CausingFor almost 40 years, the fossil fuel industry has been keeping a huge secret from the general public. They have known that their products including oil, coal, and natural gas are the primary causes of global warming and the resulting climate change worldwide.  That was revealed with the release of a report last year by…

Analyst’s Murder Highlights Cambodian Misrule

Analyst’s Murder Highlights Cambodian MisruleMinutes after prominent Cambodian independent political analyst Kem Ley was gunned down in broad daylight, police arrested a “suspect” who had “confessed” to the assassination. Within hours, a video of the suspect’s interrogation—the man bleeding from the head and scared witless—was released to the TV Station BTV, which is 100 percent owned by the daughter…

Vietnam After Obama

Vietnam After ObamaWhen Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Vietnam last November, he was welcomed with a 21-gun salute by his hosts and protests by activists. The Vietnamese did not line the streets to get a glimpse of the China leader and there were no reports of Vietnam's young people clamoring to take selfies with Xi.…

‘Really Pissed Off:’ Vietnam’s Environmental Disaster

‘Really Pissed Off:’ Vietnam’s Environmental DisasterAlthough the international news media described the 100 tonnes of dead fish that washed up on Vietnam's shores last month as "unprecedented," few have bothered to separate the true magnitude of the environmental disaster from longstanding hatred of the Taiwanese factory presumed responsible. It is unclear how the anger over the disaster will impact President…

The Philippines and the Politics of Failure

The Philippines and the Politics of FailurePresident Rodrigo Duterte. If this is the next leader of the Philippines, as early results from Monday's election portend, one has to wonder how it came to this. The country seems condemned to dwell on the past in the form of both leaders and issues while its political elite – in this case the blah…

Opinion: Epidemic of Top Thai Cop ‘Suicides’ Continues

Opinion: Epidemic of Top Thai Cop ‘Suicides’ ContinuesOn Feb. 12, a Thai police spokesman announced that a high-ranking official, Lt. Col. Chan Chaisawatra, had committed suicide. We believe he didn’t commit suicide. We believe he was murdered, the latest in a long series of “suicides” that began last year in what amounts to a reign of terror within the Royal Thai Police.…

Opinion: The Lies of Malaysia’s Attorney General

Opinion: The Lies of Malaysia’s Attorney GeneralWhen a Malaysian deputy prosecutor named Kevin Morais disappeared on Sept. 4 last year after leaving his condominium in Kuala Lumpur on his way to work, the rumor spread that the 55-year-old Morais, who was gay, probably had tired of his job with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and had left with his lover, probably for…

Opinion: Malaysia Must Not Create ‘Christianophobia’

Opinion: Malaysia Must Not Create ‘Christianophobia’Many Malaysians are angry and deeply bothered by Universiti  Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Shah Alam organizing what was reported as an “anti-Christianization” conference, held on Dec. 12. It was the second such seminar held on the campus in 2015. There is nothing new about the practice of such institutions in…

America’s Spy System: Why didn’t it work?

America’s Spy System: Why didn’t it work?If the US National Security Agency’s massive electronic spy system didn’t catch the murderous jihadist lovers, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook, what is it for? Tashfeen entered the United States in July of 2014 on a K-1 visa for fiancées on a Pakistani passport, according to authorities, who began excavating for details of her arrival…

Opinion: Civil Liberties in Vietnam: Half-Full Glass

Opinion: Civil Liberties in Vietnam: Half-Full GlassHuman Rights Watch is upset that Hanoi is revising "its already draconian criminal code."  Parsing a recent report to Vietnam's National Assembly by the Minister of Public Security, the New York-based advocacy group discerned that "Vietnam will return to its policy of stamping out dissent now that the (Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact) is in place."…