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Threats are most useful when they’re not carried out

By Thu, Oct 07, 2010 5:46AM UTC

I was reading a couple of reports on the fallout of the Pakistani government’s decision to close one of the main supply lines for the U.S. military into Afghanistan. It appears that the U.S. has had enough with these exercises in leverage, and is looking to diversify its portfolio, so

A small demonstration of miss-leadership

By Thu, Oct 07, 2010 3:47AM UTC

When Julia Gillard swore in her ministers only a few weeks ago, it turns out she forgot to give any minister responsibility for higher education or indigenous health. Since journalists generally don’t seem to like to ask her difficult questions, the error has never really been adequately explained. However, the

Demystifying Thailand through October 6, 1976 massacre

By Wed, Oct 06, 2010 9:48PM UTC

By Pokpong Lawansiri Today is the 34th anniversary of the October 6, 1976 massacre. The BBC World Service’s Witness Programme reports the significance of the massacre in Thai politics. The programme includes the interview with Thongchai Winichakul, a former student leader-cum-historian, and the recorded voice of the late Puey Ungpakorn,

‘Stripped bare of everything he loved’

By Wed, Oct 06, 2010 9:29PM UTC

John Lee is one of my favorite human beings.  In fact, I think so highly of him that I asked him to officiate at my wedding (weddings are generally not officiated by judges or religious leaders in Korea). Mr. Lee (I always refer to him as “Mr. Lee”) is a

Australia returns 185,000 acres to Aborigines

By Wed, Oct 06, 2010 5:06PM UTC

An Australian state will return tens of thousands of acres (hectares) of land to the original Aboriginal occupants, more than 30 years after it was turned into a national park, the state premier said Wednesday. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told state parliament that more than 185,325 acres (75,000 hectares) of

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