Politics

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Thailand: Not So Fast

Opposition to Thailand’s ruling junta became more visible today after the generals announced a series of measures designed to curb political activity and censor the media. In an announcement read on ... Read More...
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“There Wasn’t Any Choice”

When a military junta overthrows an elected government, the Western world typically declares a step back for democracy. Not so in Thailand. Many Thais benignly accepted Tuesday’s coup with a shrug, ... Read More...
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Military Coup in Bangkok

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Singapore: Inside the Lion City, Part 5

Another in our multipart series on Singapore in conjunction with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings in Singapore. The series examines Singapore's social and political structure, its... Read More...
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Singapore: Inside the Lion City, Part 4

Another in our multipart series on Singapore in conjunction with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings in Singapore. The series examines Singapore's social and political structure, i... Read More...
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Going Upstream

The explosion of cross-border manufacturing that began the capitalist revolution in China’s Pearl River Delta almost 30 years ago appears to be a victim of its own success.  Guangdong authorities... Read More...
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Abramoff and the Saipan Sweatshops

Hong Kong garment factory owners may have funded a controversial political mission in an effort to protect their Marianas Islands sweatshops, according to documents dealing with the activities of convicte... Read More...
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Divest or Die

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China twice held competitions for the words to a new national anthem, to replace the Kuomintang (KMT) party song used since 1928. ... Read More...
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Pampered People

In 1991, when the Seria oilfield in Brunei Darusssalam produced its billionth barrel of crude oil, Brunei Shell Petroleum built a monument near Well No. 1, composed of an Islamic arch topped with the national... Read More...