Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 11:00AM UTC Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

As Thailand’s political crisis lingers on, the country’s draconian lèse majesté law is still being applied, as two related cases show. Moreover, a new online vigilante group is making sure it stays that way.

Indonesia: Candidates struggle with post-election blues

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:50AM UTC Electoral workers examine a ballot as they count votes at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Jakarta, Indonesia earlier this month. Pic: AP.

Following recent legislative elections, most of Indonesia’s political attention is now turned towards the coming months and the presidential vote taking place in July. However, for the many candidates who failed to secure seats on April 9, post-election life can present an even greater challenge than the pre-election campaigns, with some individuals finding themselves in near-financial ruin and beset by debilitating stress.

India elections 2014: Why I voted for Narendra Modi

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:15AM UTC India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi speaks during an election campaign rally in Nagaon, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Saturday. Pic: AP.

Living in Gurgaon, Haryana, I voted for Narendra Modi a couple of weeks back. I am no diehard BJP supporter or Modi fan, ideologue, Hindutva advocate or Pracharak. But, I do weigh my vote carefully every five years. I usually look at two aspects — one nationalistic, the other selfish

Indonesia’s former audit chief named graft suspect

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 10:44AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Anti-graft officials say the former chief of Indonesia’s state audit agency is a suspect in a multimillion-dollar corruption case. The head of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Abraham Samad, said Monday that Hadi Poernomo allegedly abused his authority, resulting in a $32.7 million loss to the state

Census or election? What is the better way out of Thailand’s stalemate?

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:00AM UTC Pic: AP.

Chaiwat Satha-Anand is professor of political science, Thammasat University, and chairperson of the Strategic Nonviolence Commission, Thailand Research Fund has an op-ed in the Bangkok Post stating “Census holds key to defusing stalemate”. He states: Elections, admittedly with all their imperfections, are one of the most significant innovations in conflict

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