Interview with HK chief greeted with derision and outrage

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:48AM UTC Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying. Pic: AP.

CY Leung digs himself a new hole in Hong Kong writes Philip Bowring for Asia Sentinel. Most Hong Kong people are too poor and dumb to be allowed to vote, according to the territory’s Beijing-appointed leader Leung Chun-ying.

Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia’s president

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:01AM UTC Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s new president says he wants to be called his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer.

Opposition leader Anwar expects to be jailed again

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:14AM UTC Anwar Ibrahim. Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he expects Malaysia’s top court will dismiss his final appeal against a sodomy conviction next week and that he will be sent to prison. Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison in March on charges of sodomizing a male

India’s Modi tightens his grip on power

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:49AM UTC Narendra Modi. Pic: AP.

Narendra Modi and his fellow leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party believe they are on a 10-year mission to turn India into a successful world power with a strong nationalist base. On Oct. 19, they put two more building blocks in place with state assembly election victories in Maharashtra and Haryana, where they have ousted Congress Party governments and reduced that party to a humiliating also-ran role.

Thailand: Breaking the silence

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:36AM UTC A Thai anti-government protester raise his hand under giant  national flag during a mass rally in Bangkok, Thailand in March. Pic: AP.

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country, with little visible dissent or opposition. But will this silence last, or is it just the calm before the storm?

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