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Burma: Hard Yards Ahead for Aung San Suu Kyi

0 Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 2:12 AM

After winning a landslide victory in April 1 by-elections in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) will face the hard yards of politicking in a parliament dominated by the same military and its allies that the NLD trounced in Sunday's vote.

Late on Monday,...

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Keeping up With the Neighbours: Thailand Jails Grandfather or 20 Years

0 Comments | Posted November 24, 2011 | 12:12 AM

In a sentence exceeding some those handed down for murder and rape in the country, Thailand yesterday jailed a grandfather for 20 years, for no more than sending 4 text messages allegedly insulting the country's Queen.

The evidence against Ampon Tangnoppakul seemed inconclusive, and the...

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Bittersweet Festival for Flooded Thailand

0 Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 5:13 AM

On dark, humid and gloomy Sunday a month ago, Sasikarn Kornair served up just about the best fried chicken I have ever tasted, standing knee-deep in rising floodwaters in her Arthika restaurant, which on a sunny day would sit in the shade of the nearby city hospital.

That...

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Malaysia's Unlikely Reformer

0 Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 7:47 AM

Today is Malaysia's 54th birthday, and last night, on the eve of the Merdeka (independence) celebrations, under-pressure Prime Minister Najib Razak caused a stir by announcing a basket of political reforms, including amending the country's draconian detention-without-trial laws and pledging to end the practice by which media must apply annually...

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Burma and Reform: All Talk and no Walk?

0 Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 9:07 PM

BANGKOK - It isn't easy working as a journalist under Burma's military rulers. The army has run the country since 1962, and although there were elections in November 2010 - the first in two decades - the army's party won easily and the new Government is headed by Thein Sein,...

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Sudan Wars Seem Far From Over

0 Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 5:21 AM

After a murderous almost-six decade forced-marriage with what is now the rump state of 'northern' Sudan, the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) was founded on July 9 2011, six months after the Texas-sized region voted overwhelmingly to secede from what was Africa's largest state.

The death-toll (over 2 million) and...

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Time for Risky Ventures in Timor-Leste?

0 Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 7:00 PM

I recently spent a week in Timor-Leste, my first trip back there since July 2009. Bucking economic trends elsewhere -- well, in Europe, Japan and the US at least -- the country has been growing at around 10% per annum in recent years. This is largely down to offshore oil...

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