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Aquino extends Arroyo’s brutal policy — and repeats his mother’s mistake

By Tue, Aug 17, 2010 7:54AM UTC

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 more atrocious that he has decided to extend the life of this brutal policy up to January

Analysis: Petraeus media blitz seeks to calm fears

By Tue, Aug 17, 2010 7:32AM UTC

A weekend media blitz by the Army’s public relations master sent a clear message: It’s not time to hit the panic button in Afghanistan, but success in the nearly 9-year war won’t come quickly. The appeal for patience by Gen. David Petraeus, made in a series of media interviews Sunday,

All the news about Julia Gillard that’s not fit to print

By Tue, Aug 17, 2010 5:33AM UTC

Much of Labor’s election campaign has consisted of attacks on Tony Abbott, but the Liberal Party appears to have finally decided that turning the other cheek is not working for them. Last night, for the first time we Sydney folk saw television attack advertisements aimed directly at Julia Gillard – with the

Thailand’s disheartening aftermath

By Tue, Aug 17, 2010 2:12AM UTC

Abhisit’s government shows little inclination to tackle the problems that led to violence, writes Asia Sentinel’s Pavin Chachavalpongpun Three months after the Thai government forcibly ended weeks of violent protest in Bangkok, Thailand has to ask itself a vital question: Have there been any positive developments in the political domain?

Thinking the unthinkable for Korea

By Tue, Aug 17, 2010 1:43AM UTC

Could the two Koreas yet become one again? writes Asia Sentinel Philip Bowring For attention-grabbing political gestures, it is hard to beat South Korean president Lee Myung-bak’s announcement of a “Unification Tax” supposedly to ease the path to eventual union with the impoverished North. It has won him headlines around

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