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Peace with the communists has evaded successive administrations. Source: YouTube Not content to unleash the mass slaughter of any Filipino with an alleged link to...

Junta dodges succession issue 

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn appears to have shied away from the top job. Source: YouTube Hereditary monarchies are almost by definition unstable because first-born sons...

The generals and their ‘lady’

Fighting is ongoing in Myanmar’s northerly Kachin State after the military began attacks on the powerful Kachin Independence Army (KIA) last month. The rebel...

Duterte’s two faces 

President Rodrigo Duterte even wore a suit when he met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in October. Source: Wikimedia The colourful Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte,...

Spotlight shines on wealthy minority 

Anti-Chinese riots in May 1998 in Jakarta. Source: Wikimedia The tiny community of ethnic Chinese-Indonesians in Jakarta has vast influence and could be key to...

Words will never hurt China

Just when the South China Sea dispute needed simplifying, here comes the Russian military. Source: Wikimedia While China's representatives at the Asean summits in Laos...

Is Myanmar’s military really loosening its grip on power?

Myanmar’s mobile artillery in action. Source: Flickr Myanmar's Tatmadaw or military appears to be relaxing its iron grip on the country but in many respects...

Indonesia shares blame for rising seas 

It is customary to blame the developed world for creating climate change after centuries of putting profits before environmental concerns.  The argument goes that western...

Giap ‘testicle’ gag and online freedom

An incident in Vietnam, involving an unfortunate quip about a testicle being fashioned into the shape of a legendary general’s head, has exposed the...

Saudi donation key to unstable region

Malaysia's Najib Razak is looking secure again. Source: Wikimedia The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MCAA) and Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali today cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of...

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