Thailand Protesters Seeking a Solution

Thailand Protesters Seeking a SolutionTentative signs are emerging that the leaders of a protest movement demanding that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra step down from office are seeking a possible negotiated settlement to the current crisis. A march and rally Thursday, centered on a high-end shopping mall near the Asoke intersection, meanwhile drew fewer than 7,500 people, a far smaller…

Chiang Mai – Thailand’s Second City Grows Up

Chiang Mai – Thailand’s Second City Grows UpIt was only a matter of time, really, before Thailand’s sleepy northern capital began to take on some of Bangkok’s sheen. Shopping malls, luxury resorts and an increasingly sophisticated dining scene are putting a newfound polish on Chiang Mai, especially at a time when Bangkok continues to be rattled by continuing political ructions. Once the…

Asia’s Marathon Craze

Asia’s Marathon CrazeJust as marathon running came into its own during the 1980s as a mass participation event around the developed world, the silent foot-slogging revolution has come to Asia. The marathon is chic in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore if not more. On any given Sunday thousands of Indonesians, Malaysians, Thais, Filipinos and Singaporeans…

New Infections Outstrip Asia’s HIV Responses

Despite a 26 percent overall reduction in new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific since 2001, the epidemic is still outpacing regional responses. According to a new UNAIDS report on HIV in Asia and the Pacific, the rate of new infections remains the issue of most concern, with the fastest-growing epidemics in the region…

Asia Gets High on Meth

Asia Gets High on MethDrug use, once a malady thought unique to the decadent west, is increasingly ravaging Asia, particularly with methamphetamine use rising to record levels in most countries, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC). The sum and substance of the annual report adds up to the conclusion…
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