Politics

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Thaksin’s Party’s Over in Thailand

    It was billed as "Judgment Day" in Bangkok, but Wednesday's decision by a military-installed court to dissolve ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's party and...
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Shanghai’s Lightning Train Comes to a Stop

On May 26, the Shanghai government announced that construction of the Maglev route between Shanghai and Hangzhou had been suspended following public protests along the route due to fear of radiat...
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A Killing Season

  It's harvest time in Central Luzon, freshly picked grain dries on the highway, wai...
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The Chinese Panda Ambles into an Olympic Thicket

China’s relentless campaign to win the 2008 Olympics, to be held next year in Beijing, is starting to substantiate the old cliché that you should be careful what you wish for bec...
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Dodging Sectarian Strife in Indonesia

East Java is walking a tightrope over the arrest and arraignment of 41 Christians for blasphemy in early May on allegations that they had made a 10-minute video that vilified Islam. The lid ap...
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Thailand Gets ‘Net-Tough

See Also: Forcing Internet companies to put their mouth where their money is Be careful if you’re reading this in Thailand. You might be breaking the law. Free speech ad...
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Getting Internet Giants to Face Up to China

    See Also: Thailand Gets ‘Net-Tough When Google capitulated last year to Chinese government demands that the search engine’s censor its mainland search results, it was a shock to tr...
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Digging up Malaysia’s Racial Past

Thirty-eight years on, the traumatic ethnic riots of May 13, 1969 in Malaysia remain as much a subject of official censorship as the events of June 4, 1989 in China. Now a new book by a Malaysian ...
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Education Survives Amid War in Sri Lanka

"The Future. Today." boasts a rusty billboard pushing mobile phone service in Batticaloa, a coastal town in Sri Lanka’s troubled eastern province. Batticaloa is at...
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Illness slows Mahathir’s attacks on his successor

It’s unclear today just how sick former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is after having been hospitalized Monday with what were described as breathing difficulties. But as much a...