Politics

McCargo on the opposition’s sabotaging of the election

By Wed, Feb 19, 2014 12:00PM UTC

Noted academic Duncan McCargo in Foreign Policy. Key excerpts: Meanwhile, media outlets sympathetic to the opposition, including the respected Bangkok Post, ran articles suggesting, without any apparent irony, that the relatively low turnout and the high number of “no” votes (in Thai elections, voters can tick a box saying they

India: Is the writing on the wall for Nitish Kumar?

By Wed, Feb 19, 2014 11:35AM UTC

As India gears up for the forthcoming general elections, the political temperature in the crucial state of Bihar is rising as the state chief minister and Janata Dal United’s (JD-U) only trump card Nitish Kumar has apparently been losing coherence and his usual political composure these days.

China: Hainan vice-governor in corruption probe

By Wed, Feb 19, 2014 11:05AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party says a vice governor of the southern island province of Hainan is under investigation for serious violations, an apparent reference to corruption. Ji Wenlin is one of the latest high-ranking officials to be investigated since party leader and President Xi Jinping launched an

Thailand: 4 dead, dozens injured in Bangkok clashes

By Tue, Feb 18, 2014 1:36PM UTC

A policeman and two civilians died and at least 57 people were injured when police and anti-government protesters clashed in Bangkok earlier today.

Fiasco looms for Malaysia ruling coalition

By Tue, Feb 18, 2014 11:42AM UTC

One of Malaysia’s most respected polling organizations is expected to release figures over the next few days showing that support for the ruling Barisan Nasional from all three of the country’s major ethnic groups is dropping steeply, to the point where if an election were held today, the national coalition would be buried in a landslide.