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Polls suggest economic performance trumps corruption in the eyes of voters

Polls suggest economic performance trumps corruption in the eyes of voters

By Wed, Jan 01, 2014 9:50AM UTC Comments Off Polls suggest economic performance trumps corruption in the eyes of voters

Veera in an op-ed in the Bangkok Post on December 20: Democracy, for the people, is not about a few minutes of exercising their right at the polling booth, which will return the same old incompetent or corrupt politicians to the parliament and then into the government. The Thai people are sick of this vicious...

Indonesia losing the fight against corruption

By Fri, Jul 12, 2013 11:58AM UTC Comments Off Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Pic: AP.

Transparency International says Jakarta’s down for the count writes Asia Sentinel Indonesia, which fought its way painfully up from near the bottom of the ranks of the world’s most corrupt countries, appears to be falling back again, raising concerns for international investors as well as its own citizens. Transparency International, the NGO that monitors global...

Drug abuse and trafficking ongoing problems in Burma

By Fri, Jun 28, 2013 5:21PM UTC Comments Off Drug abuse and trafficking ongoing problems in Burma

On 26 June 2013, the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, SHAN failed to publish a ‘Shan Drug Watch Report’ like previous years, Shan Herald Agency for News said in its editorial. Among several reasons, the major cause is that it was cut off financial support from its donors, SHAN said. No reason...

Thailand: Justice for the rich vs. the downtrodden

By Mon, Feb 25, 2013 11:31PM UTC Comments Off Somchai Khunpleum was convicted of murder and went on the run for years before police caught up with him. He is still a free man. Pic: AP.

By Kaewmala Now that the two suspects in the tortured Karen girl case have jumped bail what chances does the young Karen abuse survivor have to see justice served in Thailand’s flawed judicial system? Justice is ‘blind’ – to the rich’s crimes The rich and powerful have always had a better chance at evading punishment...

Opinion: President must end corruption for real reform in Burma

By Tue, Feb 19, 2013 12:15AM UTC Comments Off President-U-Thein-Sein-meets-Chin-State-government-officials-and-townselders-at-the-state-government-office-in-Haka-on-17-Feb.-2013-Sunday.(Photo: http://www.president-office.gov.mm/en/)

Burma President Thein Sein visited Chin State at the weekend where he called on government executives to amend their way of thinking and embrace democracy, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported. He said the objective of the government is peace and stability of the State protected by the rule of law. The country...

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