Thailand’s Monarch Seeks to Return to the Kingdom of Siam

Thailand’s Monarch Seeks to Return to the Kingdom of SiamThailand, once known as the Land of Smiles, is a country today seemingly trapped in a perpetual nightmare, headed by a half-mad king determined to return the country to the era before Pradjadhipok, or Rama VII, the seventh king of the House of Chakri and the last absolute monarch of the country after the military…

Massive Break Illustrates Indonesia’s Prison Dilemma

Massive Break Illustrates Indonesia’s Prison DilemmaOn May 5,  when officers unlocked detention rooms to allow inmates to perform Friday prayers, 448 of them  suddenly attempted to breach the main gate of Sialang Bungkuk Prison on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and, having failed that, boiled out of a side gate, overwhelming the outnumbered officers.  In the midst of utter pandemonium, the…

Myanmar Struggles to Control Illegal Logging

Myanmar Struggles to Control Illegal LoggingPyar Aung remembers the first time he saw a chainsaw. It was a German-made number being used by one of the logging companies operating in the forest around his remote village in Myanmar’s northwest Sagaing region in 2013. “It was so powerful and fast!” recalled the 50 year-old Aung, who lives in the tiny village of…

Imperialist Beauty Standards Rule in the Philippines

Imperialist Beauty Standards Rule in the PhilippinesOnce again Western standards of beauty are on display in Asia, with beauty contest officials inevitably picking a mestiza to be Miss Universe Philippines 2017. Rachel Peters' father is British, her mother a Filipina.  Last year's Miss Universe was Pia Wurtzbach, who had a German father. A former Miss Cebu, Raine Baljac, had a Croat…

Indonesia’s Child Trafficking Crisis

Indonesia’s Child Trafficking CrisisIndonesia faces a huge problem of child trafficking involving children and underage teenagers, particularly on the resort islands of Bali and Batam, with its victims – both boys and girls – usually from poor families or broken homes or a combination of both.   The government has been criticized by international human rights organizations to try…

Malaysia’s Rajah Bomoh: Throwback to an Earlier Age

Malaysia’s Rajah Bomoh: Throwback to an Earlier AgeOn March 8, 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from the radar screens of air traffic controllers at 1:19 am in what has become the biggest mystery in aviation history. The Boeing 777-200R, with 227 passengers and 12 crew, had departed from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 am. It was en route northeast…

Taiwan’s Walking (or Lying) Dead

Taiwan’s Walking (or Lying) DeadIn 2016 an astonishing 1,701 terminally ill Taiwanese were kept alive by machines that took over their heart and lung functions –half the world’s total according to National Health Insurance data compiled by a local doctor, Chen Hsui-tan of National Yang-Ming University Hospital’s. In addition, the number of Taiwanese patients kept on ventilator machines to…

Indonesian Farmers Seek to Stop Cement Plant

Indonesian Farmers Seek to Stop Cement PlantDozens of women who have taken turns staging a heated protest – their feet encased in cement “shoes” – at the State Palace in Jakarta against the construction of a central Java cement factory have been catapulted to national attention after one of the women died of a heart attack.  The plans for the factory…

Breitbart’s Fake News on Immigration

Breitbart’s Fake News on ImmigrationThe conservative Breitbart news blog in the United States has assumed uncommon importance although its former executive chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, appears to be in a turf war with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that could result diminishing his power.  It is regularly cited as a source by President Trump. Breitbart continues to deliver…

Nepal’s Army Goes Invincible

Nepal’s Army Goes InvincibleNepal's army schools are finishing their first stage implementation of Invincible Defense Technology (IDT), giving them the ability to operate directly at the level of the unified field of all the laws of nature – a level that is a thousand million, million (10 to the 15th power) times more powerful than nuclear force. It…
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