Myanmar deserves better than Aung San Suu Kyi

Next year Myanmar’s voters are due to go to the polls in their second democratic general election since the disastrous military coup of 1962....

Thai sex trade in spotlight

It took an unguarded remark from a Gambian minister to send Thailand into a bout of soul-searching this week about its reputation as a...

China backs Hun Sen tyranny

Cambodia is fast removing any pretence that Prime Minister Hun Sen is interested in democracy, secure in the knowledge it has the backing of...

Annual Thai road carnage looms 

As Thailand prepares for its new year holiday this month, almost 200 hospitals are asking for more blood to cope with the inevitable road...

The shadow of succession

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn during last year’s cycling campaign to bolster support for the heir to the throne. Source: Wikimedia Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej marked 70...

Buddhist bully cowers after NLD pressure

Buddhism is an intrinsic part of Burmese society. Source: Asean Economist   The Burmese nationalist Buddhist organisation, called the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and...

Jakarta leads descent into homophobia

Eid al-Fitr mass prayer in Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. The government is increasingly appeasing conservative Islam. Source: Wikimedia Indonesia increasing...

Same, same but different

Last week saw the Thai king’s mistress crawling towards the monarch’s feet like a snail to be named as a key adviser.    Thailand’s king,...

Obama prepares to arm old foe

Vietnam’s once-seemingly invincible military was starved of investment for many years. Source: Wikimedia US President Barack Obama has announced an end to the US embargo...

An unholy alliance

April 1975. The Khmer Rouge celebrate as they enter Phnom Penh. Source: Flickr Cambodia's success in blocking a united Asean approach to the South China...

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