Society

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We’d Rather Not Say

The environmentalists who set out four years ago to get the world’s industrial giants to track and report their greenhouse gas emissions are running into trouble in Asia. Few companies – includi... Read More...
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Gimme Shelter

Cambodia has apparently granted Khmer citizenship to a wealthy American accused of being one of the world’s most notorious child abusers, a former San Francisco Bay Area stockbroker currently in a Mex... Read More...
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Malaysia’s Ethnic Reality Under Scrutiny

Malaysia is suddenly confronting the unsettling possibility that at least a thin crust of its ethnic majority population might be a lot better off than everybody thinks.  A report published by a presti... Read More...
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The Spy Who Loved Us

Pham Xuan An, a character right out of a Graham Greene novel, died in Saigon. An indispensable member of the Time Magazine bureau during the war, Pham was also a spy for the North Vietnamese. Then-Time bure... Read More...
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Spokesperson for Ghosts

When the Khmer Rouge Tribunal begins its formal hearings sometime next year, its Cambodian spokesman Reach Sambath hopes to put to rest his own memories. A respected journalist with a master’s d... Read More...
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Rough Landing

I know it takes awhile for any major new airport to work out the kinks and make life better for passengers but Bangkok’s gleaming new Suvarnabhumi International Airport was still a major disappointmen... Read More...
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Why?

Again and again, in hurried and sometimes passionate voices, villagers rose to ask two prosecutors from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal the same questions: Why did Khmers kill Khmers? Why were they supported by th... Read More...
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Unplug Your Halogen Lamps!

I recently viewed Al Gore’s admirable and persuasive documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and I’ve started worrying about global warning—occurring in my cramped flat in Hong Kong. Li... Read More...
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A Second Chance in Thailand

In post-coup Thailand, where the military on Sunday appointed a former army chief, 63-year old General Surayud Chulanont, as prime minister, the major issues are how civil liberties will fare, how the polit... Read More...
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Malaysia’s political money trail

In Malaysia’s squabble for primacy between Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and former premier Mahathir Mohamad, money politics is playing an increasingly crucial role. The extent to which one wel... Read More...