Life under the Thai junta in 2014 – Part 3: Happy, C’est la vie, or Ud-ad?

Demands for rights and freedoms and the end of martial law are getting louder and......

Burma’s student protesters follow in predecessor’s footsteps

Student protesters in Burma paid tribute to previous generations of student activists during recent protests......

Koh Tao murder case continues, suspects are denied bail

A Koh Samui court this week denied bail to the two suspects in the high-profile......

Hong Kong protest student leader Joshua Wong banned from site

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Thailand’s military junta to delay elections to 2016 – is anyone surprised?

In the immediate aftermath of the military coup of the May 22 earlier this year,......

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......

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Life under the Thai junta in 2014 – Part 3: Happy, C’est la vie, or Ud-ad?

By Fri, Nov 28, 2014 4:48PM UTC View Comments

Demands for rights and freedoms and the end of martial law are getting louder and wider in the rising wave of activities by students, academics, NGOs and local activists over the past two months (see a comprehensive timeline of activities with pictures by Prachatai)....

Burma’s student protesters follow in predecessor’s footsteps

By Fri, Nov 28, 2014 1:06PM UTC View Comments

Student protesters in Burma paid tribute to previous generations of student activists during recent protests against the National Education Law presently going through parliament....

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....