Politics

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Getting to Know You

A week after the Thai military shocked the world by forcibly removing the twice-elected Thaksin Shinawatra from power, the generals and the public are still feeling each other out. For now, the junta a... Read More...
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Malaysia’s Royal Police Defy Their Boss

The Royal Malaysian Police have brought a blue-ribbon police commission  to a standstill over allegations of corruption, custodial death, excessive force against peaceful demonstrators and a generally trigger-h... Read More...
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Letter from Vietnam

Saigon takes a lot out of you. The beggars on every corner, people trying to sell you things you don’t need and would never travel thousands of kilometers to buy, which you buy anyway. Like those cone-shaped ri... Read More...
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Thailand: Not So Fast

Opposition to Thailand’s ruling junta became more visible today after the generals announced a series of measures designed to curb political activity and censor the media. In an announcement read on ... Read More...
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“There Wasn’t Any Choice”

When a military junta overthrows an elected government, the Western world typically declares a step back for democracy. Not so in Thailand. Many Thais benignly accepted Tuesday’s coup with a shrug, ... Read More...
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Military Coup in Bangkok

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Singapore: Inside the Lion City, Part 5

Another in our multipart series on Singapore in conjunction with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings in Singapore. The series examines Singapore's social and political structure, its... Read More...
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Singapore: Inside the Lion City, Part 4

Another in our multipart series on Singapore in conjunction with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings in Singapore. The series examines Singapore's social and political structure, i... Read More...
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Going Upstream

The explosion of cross-border manufacturing that began the capitalist revolution in China’s Pearl River Delta almost 30 years ago appears to be a victim of its own success.  Guangdong authorities... Read More...