The religion of anti-corruption in Thailand and looking to China

By Mon, Sep 08, 2014 9:29AM UTC National Council for Peace and Order Chairman Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha talks to members of the National Legislative Assembly at the Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand Monday. Pic: AP.

The Nation: The new prime minister, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, was yesterday urged to emulate the Chinese president’s policy of cracking down on corruption seriously and without exceptions, as part of his government’s fight against graft. Anti-corruption activist Veera Somkwamkid yesterday praised Prayuth, who is also chief of the ruling National

Thailand: Yingluck escapes prosecution over rice scheme… for now

By Fri, Sep 05, 2014 12:09PM UTC Former Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said Thursday that there is not enough evidence to indict former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for dereliction of duty relating to Thailand’s botched rice pledging scheme.

China-Taiwan relations turn sour

By Fri, Sep 05, 2014 11:35AM UTC A protester holds a banner depicting Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou as Hitler while shouting slogans denouncing the controversial China Taiwan trade pact during a massive protest in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, earlier this year. Pic: AP.

If indeed there had ever been a “Chiwan” on the horizon – a tighter relationship between China and Taiwan – it is fast receding, with Taipei affronting Beijing on almost weekly intervals, lately at least partly because of China’s unbending opposition to universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe appoints 5 women to new Cabinet

By Wed, Sep 03, 2014 1:46PM UTC Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the new lineup of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet in Tokyo, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s prime minister picked a record-matching five women for his Cabinet. The appointments announced Wednesday are sending the strongest message yet about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s determination to revive the economy by getting women on board as workers and leaders.

Malaysian govt uses sedition law to silence critics

By Wed, Sep 03, 2014 1:19PM UTC Pic: AP.

The Sept. 2 decision by Malaysian authorities to charge University of Malaya law professor Azmi Sharom with sedition represents the latest development as the government seeks to hamstring its opponents using the law, critics say.

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