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Ashtrays on motor bikes, pollies in war zones, etc, etc

By Thu, Oct 14, 2010 3:46AM UTC

So how much are politicians really learning when they visit the troops? Boy on a Bike has the inside scoop.

US defence secretary Robert Gates gets a military welcome in Hanoi

By Thu, Oct 14, 2010 12:59AM UTC

While traveling around Hanoi with US defence secretary Robert Gates’ entourage on Monday, I took the following video of the Vietnamese army welcoming him to a meeting at the Ministry of National Defence with his Vietnamese counterpart, General Phung Quang Thanh. It was quite something to see Vietnamese soldiers playing

The politics of ‘Red Eagle’

By Wed, Oct 13, 2010 10:29PM UTC

By Pokpong Lawansiri    The long awaited Thai superhero film, Red Eagle (known in Thai as Insee Dang) was released last Thursday (English-sub teaser here; trailer here). The film is a remake of the Red Eagle series of the 1950s-1970s. Wisit Sasanatieng, the director, is known for ‘Tears of the Black Tiger’, a colorful

Recycled Korean politicians 2: The resurrection of Mr. Moderate, Sohn Hak-kyu

By Wed, Oct 13, 2010 10:05PM UTC

While conservative leader Park Geun-hye has spent the last several months strengthening her hold on the Grand National Party, her leading opponent on the left Sohn Hak-kyu has taken a more winding road to the top. Taking advantage of a split of party loyalties between the feuding Chungs (Chung Dong-young

Thailand’s finance minister appears on soap opera

By Wed, Oct 13, 2010 5:42PM UTC

By Newley Purnell Thailand’s finance minister, Korn Chatikavanij, appeared on a Thai soap opera Tuesday night to deliver a message about the government’s efforts to help citizens pay off debts to loan sharks. AP has the story: “Vanida” is a sappy drama set in World War II Thailand that revolves