Afghanistan: The role of social media in bringing justice for Farkhunda

Though now based in Kabul, I learned about Farkhunda’s death on social media — as......

Debating Lee Kuan Yew with BreadTalk and free drinks

When BreadTalk released a coconut flavoured bun as a tribute to the late Lee Kuan......

Thai junta leader to fight forced labor in fishing industry

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Bangkok Post newspaper is reporting that the country's junta leader vowed......

Singapore urges restraint as Lee mourners queue for 10 hours

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans hoping for a glimpse of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew's coffin......

80 lives lost every day: Why are Thailand’s roads so dangerous?

Another week in Thailand, and with it another spell of fatal traffic accidents: Three Chinese......

Commemorative Lee Kuan Yew bun causes backlash in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — A bakery chain apologized for a bun commemorating Singapore's long-time leader Lee......

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Afghanistan: The role of social media in bringing justice for Farkhunda

By Fri, Mar 27, 2015 5:51PM UTC

Though now based in Kabul, I learned about Farkhunda’s death on social media — as many people did both in and outside Afghanistan. Pictures of the tragic and shocking event had been posted on a Facebook’s security page used by Afghans in and out of Kabul to navigate suicide bombs, protests, shootings, traffic accidents and explosions in their city commute. These postings, which include pictures, eye-witness accounts and on the spot news stories (once media teams make it to the site), also are filled with discussion and venting about the state of security in Afghanistan. The death of the 27-year-old...

Agency: 4,000 fishermen stranded on some Indonesian islands

By Fri, Mar 27, 2015 5:29PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says an estimated 4,000 fishermen are stranded on a handful of islands in Indonesia, including men revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Steve Hamilton, the group’s deputy chief of mission in Indonesia, says many of the men were abandoned by boat captains...

Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

By Fri, Mar 27, 2015 12:44PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat says China has been rushing construction projects including massive land reclamations in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims....

Bangkok book fair draws bumper crowds, but worries remain over Thailand’s reading culture

By Fri, Mar 27, 2015 12:05PM UTC

The much-anticipated Bangkok International Book Fair has returned at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (March 26-April 6). Held annually by The Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (PUBAT), the big, jam-packed book week has also been setting new attendance records in the past few years. But is its success a reflection or an illusion of Thai reading culture?...

Sri Lanka returns military-held lands in former war zone

By Thu, Mar 26, 2015 10:23AM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has started releasing private land occupied by the military during the country's 26-year civil war, in a major step at reconciliation with minority ethnic Tamils....

Maldives ex-president will not appeal 13-year jail sentence

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 6:07PM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A lawyer says Maldives' jailed ex-president will not appeal his 13-year sentence because the court has not released all documents from the first hearing to prepare a case....

Afghanistan: The role of social media in bringing justice for Farkhunda

By Fri, Mar 27, 2015 5:51PM UTC View Comments

Though now based in Kabul, I learned about Farkhunda’s death on social media — as many people did both in and outside Afghanistan. Pictures of the tragic and shocking event had been posted on a Facebook’s security page used by Afghans in and out of Kabul to navigate suicide bombs, protests, shootings, traffic accidents and explosions in their city commute. These postings, which include pictures, eye-witness accounts and on the spot news stories (once media teams make it to the site), also are filled with discussion and venting about the state of security in Afghanistan. The death of the 27-year-old...

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Debating Lee Kuan Yew with BreadTalk and free drinks

By Fri, Mar 27, 2015 3:20PM UTC View Comments

When BreadTalk released a coconut flavoured bun as a tribute to the late Lee Kuan Yew, it did not anticipate a hostile reaction. But within moments of its announcement on the Straits Times Facebook page, netizens began accusing it of insensitivity and of trying to profit from the public’s grief. There are several reasons why...

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80 lives lost every day: Why are Thailand’s roads so dangerous?

By Fri, Mar 27, 2015 1:39PM UTC View Comments

Another week in Thailand, and with it another spell of fatal traffic accidents: Three Chinese tourists died after a bus plunged down a hill in Phuket on March 25, and seven migrant workers from Burma (Myanmar) were killed the day before when the truck carrying them was hit by a train in Chiang Mai. These...

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ASEAN rights activists demand change ahead of People’s Forum

By Thu, Mar 26, 2015 12:16PM UTC View Comments

The missing Laotian civil society leader Sombath Somphone will be at the forefront of the conversation at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People's Forum meets in Kuala Lumpur next month. Sombath is a victim of enforced disappearance, and was kidnapped in Vientiane, Laos, in 2013. The Laos government has consistently denied involvement or refused to provide real information about the missing civil society leader, and his case has come to represent one of the most egregious human rights offenses still committed in the ASEAN countries....

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Philippine fisheries director defends Indonesian crackdown on illegal fishing

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 11:11AM UTC View Comments

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Philippine fisheries director Asis Perez finds nothing wrong with the renewed crackdown on illegal fishing by Indonesian authorities....

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Thailand doesn’t have a Chinese tourist problem: the problem is resentment, and racism

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 10:13AM UTC View Comments

Hardly a week goes by in Thailand when Chinese tourists are not in the press for an array apparent misdemeanors, most of which are petty cultural crimes relating to the breaching of Thailand’s many taboos. Social media has maintained a steady flow of viral photographs and videos of the Chinese parvenu in Thailand, purportedly shocking the nation – and the world – by defecating in streets, opening emergency doors on airplanes, drying laundry in public, and performing high-kicks on temple bells, all of which have led to an online dis-like campaign towards Thailand’s most lucrative tourist demographic....

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