Maldives police block attempt at presidential vote

By Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:45PM UTC Mohamed Nasheed. Pic: AP.

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives sank further into political disarray Saturday when police blocked officials from conducting a presidential revote, saying that holding the election would violate a Supreme Court order. It’s the latest blow to this young Indian Ocean democracy. The current president’s term ends in about three

Constitutional amendment and the guardians of Thai democracy – Part 2

By Sun, Oct 20, 2013 1:43PM UTC Pic: AP.

By Kaewmala As discussed in Part 1: Constitutional Court and constitutional amendment, the Constitutional Court and independent agencies have played crucial roles in Thailand’s protracted political conflict between the old establishment and the new anti-establishment forces. Often aligned with the traditional elite, the independent agencies are widely seen as the

Pakistan’s middle class too small to counter radicalism

By Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:31PM UTC Pakistan flag. Pic: AP.

Any bulwark against radicalism simply is too small to be relevant writes Salman Rafi Sheikh for Asia Sentinel In most countries, it is the middle class – the bourgeoisie – who form the bulwark against radicalism because of their vested interest in property, business and the country’s institutions. In Pakistan,

US quietly releasing $1.6B in Pakistan assistance

By Sun, Oct 20, 2013 11:12AM UTC File photo of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers. Officials and congressional

Maldives presidential election ‘becoming hopeless’

By Fri, Oct 18, 2013 3:35PM UTC Mohamed Nasheed. Pic: AP.

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Holding the Maldives’ presidential revote on Saturday as scheduled is becoming “hopeless” because two candidates have not endorsed the register of voters as the Supreme Court mandated, the elections commissioner said Friday. Elections Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek told the Associated Press that two of the three candidates

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