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Australian FM says US to blame for WikiLeaks dump

By Thu, Dec 09, 2010 10:13AM UTC

Australia’s foreign minister said Wednesday that the U.S. government is responsible for the leaking of hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic memos and cautioned against blaming the website that published the secret cables and its founder. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other American officials have said that

Democrat dissolution case, what did the individual judges say?

By Thu, Dec 09, 2010 10:00AM UTC

The Nation:   The court resumes its crucial role just as the legal opinions of the six judges in the first case, which involved Bt29 million state-subsidised campaign spendings, have been made public. The six judges voted 4-2 to have the case dropped. The two minority judges ruled that the

What will lifting the state of emergency in Thailand mean?

By Thu, Dec 09, 2010 7:00AM UTC

Bloomberg: Thailand will lift an emergency decree in Bangkok and surrounding areas by year-end, removing special powers for the military granted during anti-government protests in April, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said. “The situation has improved dramatically,” he told reporters in Bangkok today. “The emergency decree won’t be needed anymore.”…The lifting

Civility is overrated

By Thu, Dec 09, 2010 4:19AM UTC

So this morning, I watched about half of a TV talk show on Dunya TV featuring our friend Mosharraf Zaidi, our decided non-friend Ansar Abbasi, Marvi Memon and a journo based in London named Ayesha Ejaz Khan. The show was meant to be 60 minutes but I could only get

Double standards: Why Manila’s Nobel Peace Prize snub rankles

By Thu, Dec 09, 2010 3:53AM UTC

Several countries will not be attending or sending representatives to the Nobel Peace Prize awarding ceremony in Oslo later this week to honor  Chinese human-rights defender Liu Xiaobo. Among those that won’t attend are  Afghanistan, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Venezuela,