Politics

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Hu Jintao Gambles on the West

For Chinese President and Communist Party Chairman Hu Jintao, the run rises in the west. Now in the last 12 months of his first five year term as China’s boss, he is busy elevating loyalists from his ... Read More...
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China’s Growing Deep-Sea Ambitions

After years of concern on the part of the US and its regional allies, is China upping its game to develop a powerful new blue-water navy? On December 27 Chinese leader Hu Jintao told a meeting of delegates ... Read More...
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Xinjiang Deaths Raise Troubling Questions

In March 2003, three tense Chinese officials called the three of us Americans and a Canadian teaching English at a private boarding school in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province. The three were senior ... Read More...
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Rough waters in Thailand

   The awareness that it is one thing to seize power, and quite another thing to govern may finally be dawning on the royalist generals who booted out Thailand’s government in September... Read More...
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Rough waters in Thailand

Thailand's military rulers are starting to realize the pitfalls of destroying a functional democratic system and ruling the country by force.  The junta is now attempting to consolidate power as vi... Read More...
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Thailand’s Bombing Mystery Gets Murkier

Although Thailand’s junta leaders have been generally praised by the local press in the wake of the bombings that rocked Bangkok's peaceful ambiance at the start of the year, concerns are growing ... Read More...
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Confusion in Thailand Over Bomb Attacks

Bangkok residents awoke to a New Year's Day of confusion as officials tried to put a face to the anonymous killers who detonated a series of bombs across the city on New Year’s Eve, leaving three ... Read More...
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Criminal Rape or Philippine Nationalism?

Sympathizing with convicted rapists is more controversial than appealing for the release of journalists accused of revealing state secrets but it is hard not to see the reflection of the tortured state of P... Read More...