Malaysia leader Najib Razak reverses pledge to scrap sedition law

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a colonial-era law curbing......

Life under the Thai junta in 2014 – Part 2: The perils of ‘different thoughts’

In Part 1, I focused on attitude and how it relates happiness. Life under the......

China lake: ‘If you jumped into this water, you’d shed a layer of skin’

So says Wu Lihong, the unofficial guardian of China’s Lake Tai, a polluted body of......

Japanese journalist goes on trial for defaming SKorean president

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A trial has begun for a Japanese journalist charged with......

Could Davao’s ‘Dirty Harry’ become the next Philippines president?

Those who are still belittling Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as a viable presidential contender......

The curious case of Yingluck Shinawatra’s Bangkok Post (non-)interview

On Monday, the 'Bangkok Post' ran what was touted as the "first interview" given by......

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Cambodia Khmer Rouge trial suspended until January

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Philippines lifts ban on 9 Hong Kong journalists

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Life under the Thai junta in 2014 – Part 2: The perils of ‘different thoughts’

By Thu, Nov 27, 2014 5:15PM UTC View Comments

In Part 1, I focused on attitude and how it relates happiness. Life under the Thai junta in 2014 has not been and need not be a hardship, provided you have the right attitude. This second part discusses the dark side of different political thoughts in the happiness regime....

China lake: ‘If you jumped into this water, you’d shed a layer of skin’

By Thu, Nov 27, 2014 12:27PM UTC View Comments

So says Wu Lihong, the unofficial guardian of China’s Lake Tai, a polluted body of water in Jiansu province. Long stigmatized due its algae-induced green hue, Lake Tai (or Taihu), is a testament to the government not delivering on promises of environmental clean-up. Seven years ago a toxic algal bloom forced residents to find alternatives to their tap water for drinking and prompted the government to undertake an expensive cleaning of the lake. However, the sources of pollution, such as chemical plants and textile factories, have seemingly continued virtually unabated, shining a stark light on local government’s inefficacy at tackling...

The curious case of Yingluck Shinawatra’s Bangkok Post (non-)interview

By Thu, Nov 27, 2014 8:51AM UTC View Comments

On Monday, the 'Bangkok Post' ran what was touted as the "first interview" given by former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra since the military coup of May 22, 2014, which ousted her government after nearly six months of anti-government protests and thus a manufactured political deadlock. ...

Life under the Thai junta in 2014 – Part 1: On attitude and happiness

By Wed, Nov 26, 2014 3:59PM UTC View Comments

In the days preceding the six-month anniversary of the latest military coup the three-finger salute made a comeback in Thailand, coinciding with the premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1'. It was a case of life imitating art imitating life....

Hong Kong police arrest student protest leaders

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At least two student protest leaders were arrested this morning as police and bailiffs clashed with demonstrators in Hong Kong this morning....

Malaysian censors target YouTube in Internet crackdown

By Tue, Nov 25, 2014 11:31AM UTC View Comments

Malaysian censors are drawing up plans to block Internet content that does not adhere to guidelines set by the Film Censorship Board....