The erosion of democracy and the rise of Thailand’s juristocracy

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 7:33AM UTC Pic: AP.

Academic Paul Chambers has some analysis of the situation and on the rise of Thailand’s juristocracy. Below are some brief excerpts (read the whole thing for the full picture): Perhaps a less visible trend, which has grown over the last decade, has been the rise of Thailand’s judiciary. Indeed, Thailand

Indian tycoon runs for election, bucks Congress’s image

By Mon, Apr 14, 2014 4:04PM UTC Nandan Nilekani. Pic: AP.

As the Congress Party stumbles towards what looks like a massive general election defeat, one candidate is performing with the conviction of a potential winner who believes he can help implement change in the way that India works.

Partial results show tight race in Afghan election

By Mon, Apr 14, 2014 10:25AM UTC

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Partial results in Afghanistan’s crucial presidential election show a tight race between ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah has received 41.9 percent of the votes counted so far and Ghani has 37.6 percent. The chairman of the Independent Election Commission, Ahmad

Controversial memoir says India leader was never fully in charge

By Sun, Apr 13, 2014 12:12PM UTC Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Pic: AP.

NEW DELHI (AP) — A new book by the Indian prime minister’s former aide has caused a stir during national elections by suggesting the outgoing leader was never really fully in charge of his government.

Rebels kill 12 in anti-election campaign in India

By Sat, Apr 12, 2014 6:31PM UTC A paramilitary soldier is carried on a stretcher to be treated after he was injured in an attack by suspected Maoist rebels in the eastern Indian state of Bihar earlier this month. Pic: AP.

PATNA, India (AP) — Police say Indian Maoist rebels killed 12 people in two separate attacks in the central state of Chhattisgarh as they continue a campaign of violence aimed at disrupting a five-week national election.

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