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Mother and newborn sent to jail in Philippines

By Thu, Aug 19, 2010 4:12PM UTC Mother and newborn sent to jail in Philippines

  Even as Filipinos are so worked up with the torture by the police of a robbery suspect, practically nothing is being said – except by activists – about the fate of Judilyn Oliveros, one of the so-called Morong 43 political detainees who was returned to a cramped and dirty

What local elections may portend about future national elections

By Thu, Aug 19, 2010 1:25AM UTC

By James Harriman, In just over a week, Bangkok voters will return to the polls to elect members of the city’s metropolitan and district councils. Last month, the city held a hotly contested national by-election, which saw the ruling Democrat Party defeat the opposition Puea Thai Party in close balloting. The

The sometimes tricky business of NK human rights

By Wed, Aug 18, 2010 8:51PM UTC

The 10th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees opens today in Toronto, Canada. I know that it is easy to be cynical about these kinds of things, especially since the nuclear, military and succession issues dominate so much of the discussion about North Korea these days, to the exclusion

Report: NKorea proposed summit talks with SKorea

By Wed, Aug 18, 2010 7:47PM UTC

North Korea offered to hold a summit with South Korea in an apparent bid to secure economic aid, but Seoul rejected the idea citing increased tensions, a news report said Wednesday. Seoul had told North Korea last year that it would give the North aid if Pyongyang agreed to a

Noynoy repeats his mother’s mistake

By Wed, Aug 18, 2010 7:25PM UTC

The Philippines’ new president isn’t nearly as reformist as his followers think  explains Asia Sentinel’s Carlos Conde It’s bad enough that Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III has not made any categorical statement ordering his military to stop its counter-insurgency campaign called Oplan Bantay Laya (Operation Freedom Watch). It’s even

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