Politics

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Malaysian murder a tale of love gone wrong

A well-placed Malaysian political analyst facing charges of conspiring to murder a young Mongolian woman has admitted to the High Court in Kuala Lumpur that he was having an affair with the victim and givin... Read More...
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Thailand’s Singapore Problem

After ousting Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a coup, the military-appointed leaders here have tried in vain to explain "Thai-style democracy" to the world. In the past week, it has gotten a... Read More...
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Malaysian Justice is a Waiting Game

Malaysia's shambolic judicial system, in which both criminal and civil cases can take years to be decided, is under the spotlight again, this time over a lengthy delay in the spectacular murder trial invo... Read More...
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Hu Jintao Gambles on the West

For Chinese President and Communist Party Chairman Hu Jintao, the run rises in the west. Now in the last 12 months of his first five year term as China’s boss, he is busy elevating loyalists from his ... Read More...
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China’s Growing Deep-Sea Ambitions

After years of concern on the part of the US and its regional allies, is China upping its game to develop a powerful new blue-water navy? On December 27 Chinese leader Hu Jintao told a meeting of delegates ... Read More...
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Xinjiang Deaths Raise Troubling Questions

In March 2003, three tense Chinese officials called the three of us Americans and a Canadian teaching English at a private boarding school in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province. The three were senior ... Read More...
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Rough waters in Thailand

   The awareness that it is one thing to seize power, and quite another thing to govern may finally be dawning on the royalist generals who booted out Thailand’s government in September... Read More...
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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...