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

0 Comments | Posted 24 November 2011 | (05:12)

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 11 November 2011 | (10:13)

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 16 September 2011 | (12:47)

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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Sudan Wars Seem Far From Over

0 Comments | Posted 8 September 2011 | (10:21)

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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