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The Coup and the Palace Endgame

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra overreached himself in trying to use the ballot box and his rural vote to neutralize both King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the Bangkok elite. It may make the king feel good that... Read More...
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Throwing the Bums Out

 Related content: The King Never Smiles: Book Excerpt Revival, Renewal and Reinvention: The Complex Life of Thailand’s Monarch Royal Maneuvers&nbs... Read More...
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Legal Warfare

Like Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah before his troops captured two Israeli soldiers and turned Lebanon into a conflagration, Far Eastern Economic Review editor Hugo Restall probably had no idea what he w... Read More...
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A Lion City Primer

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 rel... Read More...
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Singapore: Inside the Lion City, Part 3

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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The King Never Smiles: Book Excerpt

Handley reported from Bangkok for many years for the Far Eastern Economic Review. The chapter below describes the bloody 1992 attempts to suppress dissent and the king’s largely unwritten role, which ... Read More...
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Royal Maneuvers

  Related Links:  The King Never Smiles: Book Excerpt  Revival, Renewal and Reinvention: The Complex Life of Thailand’s Monarch ... Read More...
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Indonesia’s growing drug problem

Two years ago, Indonesian authorities tied a 32-year-old Thai woman named Namsong Sirilak and a 62-year-old Indian named Saelow Prasert to palm trees at dawn in northern Sumatra and shot them for traffickin... Read More...
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Taxis – China’s Deep Throats

It is a miserable winter evening in Beijing, wet and freezing, and the taxi matches the mood – a rickety Charade, the floor covered in dust and the seatcover reeking of a hundred bottoms. We are ... Read More...