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Videos show Thai MP, activists before arrest in Cambodia

By Tue, Jan 04, 2011 3:00AM UTC

By Saksith Saiyasombut Last week, seven Thais were arrested by Cambodian authorities for allegedly crossing the border into Cambodian territory illegally (check out previous coverage by fellow Siam Voices writer Thorn Pitidol and at Bangkok Pundit). Among the detained are Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth and PAD-affiliated activists Samdin Lertbutr and Veera

Japan PM calls for opening up country, tax debate

By Tue, Jan 04, 2011 2:30AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese prime minister said he wants 2011 to be the year Japan opens up to rest of the world and called Tuesday for debate on raising the sales tax to prop up ailing finances as the country’s population shrinks and ages. To revive its economy, Japan

Burma’s ethnic Wa demand self determination

By Mon, Jan 03, 2011 10:54PM UTC

The United Wa State Party (UWSP), the political wing of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has concluded its 10-day party conference, 20-29 December 2010. The conference has decided to cooperate with every ethnic organization both from inside and outside the country and to work together until Burma achieves a

China’s baby killers triumph over parents

By Mon, Jan 03, 2011 4:04PM UTC

Victims of tainted milk powder scandal plead in vain for justice, writes Asia Sentinel’s Terry Ng When Zhou Xiong looks at his three-year-old son, Zixuan, he feels hopeless. The child has had two operations since his right kidney stopped functioning at the age of nine months. It’s not the medical

WikiLeaks unveils another Malaysian scandal

By Mon, Jan 03, 2011 3:57PM UTC

Prominent UMNO stalwart allegedly raped his housemaid in 2007 but wasn’t investigated, reports Asia Sentinel The latest round of WikiLeaks cables to embarrass Malaysia alleges that a “VVIP” later identified as Rais Yatim, the Information, Communications, and Culture Minister, raped his Indonesian maid in 2007, but got away with it