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Simon Roughneen


Simon Roughneen covers southeast Asia and his work has appeared in publications such as Asia Times, The Irrawaddy, The Diplomat, LA Times, Asia Sentinel, The Guardian, The Washington Times, South China Morning Post, FT and others. He is a radio correspondent affiliated to Global Radio News and contributes regularly to RTÉ World Report. He has also reported from Haiti, Pakistan, the Middle East, Kosovo, and from various countries in Africa. His website is and he can found on twitter, now and then, @simonroughneen

Bittersweet Festival for Flooded Thailand

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand - On dark, humid and gloomy Sunday <a href="" target="_hplink">a month ago</a>, 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.
12/11/2011 11:55 GMT

Malaysia's Unlikely Reformer

Change comes slow in Malaysian politics, and Najib's party has been part of Government, in fact the dominant faction, since independence from Britain in 1957, so the announcement caught many on the hop.
17/09/2011 09:14 BST

Sudan Wars Seem Far From Over

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.
08/09/2011 13:04 BST