Simon Roughneen
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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

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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.


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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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