It has been 11 years since that unforgettable day but the ghost of the Tak Bai massacre continues to haunt Thailand. And so it should.
Today's column is more than a little special for me. First, it is mostly reportorial in nature. I write not so much to share my own views, but those of others. These "others" are citizens of the Republic of China on Taiwan. They are also former students of mine.
October is the scary month, and not just because of Halloween. Just over one-half century ago, the Cuban Missile Crisis during Oct. 22-28, 1962 dominated global news as Washington and Moscow sparred right on the edge of thermonuclear war.
The sweeping electoral victory of Canada's Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau after ten years of Conservative Party government sets a new agenda and political template for Canada.
When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was that country's health minister, he was offered a certain amount of money -- "enough to buy properties for 15 generations of my family" -- by a major tobacco company if he aborted his policy on strict tobacco control, as reported in September 2013. However, he rejected this offer outright because he valued his country and its people.
Pyongyang's renewed efforts for a peace treaty are backfiring with Seoul and Washington dismissing them as yet another attempt at deflecting attention away from the allies' focus on its denuclearization.
In the last U.S. general election, polling data showed that among Asian-Americans there was a good number of what I call GOPinoys. In other words, a right-ward drift from among us.
There are many reasons why former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should not be compelled by an extrajudicial order to pay hundreds of billions of baht in rice-scheme compensation. However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sees no need to consult legal textbooks.
The Kuomintang (KMT), Taiwan's ruling party, fearful of a disastrous outcome in the presidential and legislative elections in January, finally took the plunge and replaced its original presidential candidate, Hung Hsiu-chu, with party Chairman Eric Chu, mayor of New Taipei City.
Bangladesh's story is one of miraculous success, especially in terms of macro and micro indicators of economic and social development. Beginning with a mere US$100 per capita income in the early 1970s, today Bangladesh can boast about crossing the World Bank-defined low-income economy threshold by achieving US$1,200-plus per capita income.