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Corruption, Lèse Majesté and the Thai Junta

Rangsiman Rome | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Rangsiman Rome

The Thai junta is using the lèse majesté law to conceal their own corrupt acts. Since the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) fomented a coup and seized power on 22 May 2014, there has been an increasingly draconian constriction of freedom of expression and civil and political rights.

Military Junta Turns Thailand Into Land Of Frowns

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

A cartoonish dictator out of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera runs a not-so funny junta which jails opponents and suppresses free speech. The recent bombing of a popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok should act as the famed fire bell in the night.

Thailand Military Monopolizes Power, Crushes Liberty: Sadness, Not Happiness, Rules

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Thailand's best hope is genuine constitutional reform. Government power should be limited, especially to award economic favors. Federalism should rule, giving provinces more authority to serve communities at odds with the national government.

An Epic Uprising

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

The Polytechnic generation may be charged with many missteps, however, no one can diminish its role in fighting for citizens' rights. And, Greece may well still collapse under the weight of its debt crisis, but I am utterly convinced that this generation, in tandem with those that will follow its efforts, will see the country through to recovery.

The End of the Road

Elizabeth Daube | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Daube

Despite global praise for Burma's democratic reforms, the country hasn't resolved its decades-long legacy of ethnic persecution. Burma's refugees fear what will happen to them next.

The Egyptian Junta Prefer it in July

Hatem Azzam | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Hatem Azzam

It is instructive that it took no more than two years from January 25, 2011, to " July" 3, 2013, for the Junta to retake power, exactly similar to the period from 1952 to 1954.

What Now for Egypt?

Harun Yahya | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

The Army and the Brotherhood urgently need to agree on a lowest common denominator. The demands of all the sections of society, Coptic Christians, secularists, liberals, supporters of the Brotherhood and Salafis must be taken on board.

Mali Prime Minister Resigns After Being Arrested

AP | BABA AHMED and RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 02.09.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — Soldiers arrested Mali's prime minister and forced him to resign before dawn on Tuesday, showing that the military remains the re...

Hugo Chavez Sets up Dictators Resort, Welcomes Mubarak

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jack Hidary

The resort has all the amenities of a 5-star property including Canyon Ranch spa and wellness center. The resort also offers psychological services to help the former rulers cope with their diminished circumstances.

Burma Refugees Return Home After 'Sham' Election

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — A senior member of Myanmar's military-backed party says it has so far captured 75 percent of parliamentary seats in the countr...

Burma's Revolution: Goodbye, Generals (with Shaazka Beyerle)

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

In honor of the upcoming elections in Burma, here is a re-post of an article published at Truthout by me and Shaazka Beyerle in October of 2007. The...

Burma's Continuing Agony

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Bandow

Nobel laureate and Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi turned 65 today. She has spent 15 of the last 21 years in prison or under house arrest. There is no end to her, or her nation's, agony in sight.

US, ASEAN Drop Call For Suu Kyi's Release

AP | VIJAY JOSHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SINGAPORE — President Barack Obama on Sunday told Myanmar's junta to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during an unusual face-to-face i...

Myanmar Court Accepts Suu Kyi Appeal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — A Myanmar court agreed Friday to hear an appeal by detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi of the criminal conviction that...

U.S. Senator Jim Webb In Burma To Meet Leader | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and SHARON OTTERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An American senator arrived in Myanmar on Friday to meet with the leader of the junta there, just days after the country's pro-democracy leader, Daw A...

UN Chief Visits Burma: A Political Gamble

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

With an agenda that asks the ruling military junta to open its doors to national "reconciliation", Ban Ki-moon is convinced he can persuade the country's leaders that reforms are for their own good.

Twin-Track Talks in Burma Raise Peace Hopes

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The junta hopes that by making a token attempt at democracy it can convince the West to ease the sanctions it's imposed on Burma and re-open economic relations.

Karen Independence Movement: Seven Decades Of Futility? (Pt. 2)

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The Karens actually arrived in Burma before the Burmans, but in the sixteenth century, the Burmans conquered most of Burma and proceeded to impose their will on the ethnics.

Burma Lawyers Risk Jail For Doing Job

Inter Press Service | By Marwaan Macan-Markar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

To be a lawyer in military-ruled Burma is to court danger, invite arrest and risk being jailed in the country's notorious prisons. It is the price...

Period Panties Protest

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

I always knew my undies were powerful. In college someone went to the trouble of breaking into my apartment to steal them. (Side story: the perp wa...

Myanmar: Why You Won't Be Going There Anytime Soon

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Walden

The Generals in charge of Myanmar, isolated from world opinion as they may be, are intent on achieving "Failed State" status with or without a cyclone disaster.

Myanmar Junta Continues To Arrest Scores Of People

Reuters | Aung Hla Tun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Despite gradually easing its iron grip on Myanmar's main city on Thursday, the junta continued to round up scores of people and grill hundreds more ar...

Myanmar Buddhist Monks Spearhead Largest Protests Against Junta In Two Decades

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

About 20,000 protesters led by Buddhist monks and nuns on Sunday mounted the largest anti-government protest in Myanmar since a failed 1988 democratic...

Junta Threatens Myanmar Monks

The Guardian (U.K.) | Ian MacKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Burma's military rulers last night threatened to "take action' after up to 100,000 demonstrators protesting against the regime flooded the streets of ...