Politics

Hong Kong students ‘savvy and bold’ in pursuit of democracy

By Fri, Sep 26, 2014 3:48PM UTC Students carry a defaced picture of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during a protest outside his home Thursday. Pic: AP.

While US Vice President Joe Biden claims the US will chase ISIS to the gates of hell, on Thursday evening nearly 4,000 Hong Kong students chased democracy to the gates of the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s mansion in the hills over looking the city.

Indonesia’s political disgrace

By Fri, Sep 26, 2014 2:09PM UTC Indonesia President-elect Joko Widodo, left, and defeated presidential election Prabowo Subianto, right. Pic: AP.

At a time when Indonesia has won widespread praise for electing a new president who emerged from the democratic reforms of the last decade, cynical political party interests used a lame-duck session of the legislature in the early hours of Friday to eliminate the direct election of local mayors and governors.

Indonesia votes to scrap direct local elections

By Fri, Sep 26, 2014 2:00PM UTC Prabowo Subianto. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s parliament has voted to scrap the direct elections of local officials in what critics say is a blow to the country’s democracy.

Hong Kong students strike in democracy battle

By Mon, Sep 22, 2014 3:37PM UTC Students raise their fists during a rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong students are gearing up to boycott classes over Beijing’s decision to restrict electoral reforms in the former British colony.

Prayuth’s novelty starts to wear off and the right time to tell jokes

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 7:12PM UTC Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

Back in June, Duncan McCargo wrote a short article for Foreign Policy on why the coup is destined to fail. While BP agreed with the premise, it seemed better to wait to post until reality started to hit. BP has been waiting for the façade to start to crack. It is happening now. Below are some

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