Politics

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Rough waters in Thailand

Thailand's military rulers are starting to realize the pitfalls of destroying a functional democratic system and ruling the country by force.  The junta is now attempting to consolidate power as vi... Read More...
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Thailand’s Bombing Mystery Gets Murkier

Although Thailand’s junta leaders have been generally praised by the local press in the wake of the bombings that rocked Bangkok's peaceful ambiance at the start of the year, concerns are growing ... Read More...
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Confusion in Thailand Over Bomb Attacks

Bangkok residents awoke to a New Year's Day of confusion as officials tried to put a face to the anonymous killers who detonated a series of bombs across the city on New Year’s Eve, leaving three ... Read More...
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Criminal Rape or Philippine Nationalism?

Sympathizing with convicted rapists is more controversial than appealing for the release of journalists accused of revealing state secrets but it is hard not to see the reflection of the tortured state of P... Read More...
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Sexy Video Titillates Indonesia

An extramarital affair involving a senior Indonesian politician and his mistress is highlighting a contentious debate in Indonesia over traditional Islamic attitudes towards sex and morality. A 42-seco... Read More...
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Hu’s Hit List Grows

When Jia Qinglin arrived in Beijing in 1997 to become the city’s mayor, he was summoned to the office of Vice Premier Zhu Rongji, the man soon to be appointed prime minister. ”You have two... Read More...
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Asean’s Tortoise-like Progress to Unity

The only thing to come out of the cancelled Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit that was to have been held in Cebu City in the Philippines this week was a black eye for President Gloria Macapagal ... Read More...
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Muting Thailand’s Protesters

Five days after tens of thousands of yellow-clad Thais flooded Sanam Luang, a large park adjacent to the Grand Palace downtown, to light candles in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 79th birthday, a ... Read More...