The abrupt discontinuation of television programs on the pro-Thaksin Shinawatra Asia Update television station, by red-shirt co-leaders who publicly oppose the blanket amnesty bill, has exacerbated the rift within the red-shirt movement as never before.
Since its entry to the Arctic Council as a permanent observer in May, Singapore officials have been busy stamping its name on Arctic projects.
China's economy is showing signs of a rebound. An anti-corruption drive has nabbed several top officials. There is progress on the foreign relations front, like gaining some respect from major powers such as the United States and relaunching a charm offensive in Southeast Asia.
Last week's revelation that the U.S. embassies in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Yangon and Bangkok nested spying facilities produced different reactions. Indonesia raised hell and fire while other ASEAN countries were more discreet. The most interesting was Thailand's attitude towards the whole affair.
Since Ma Ying-jeou has to step down as president in two and a half years, Beijing is getting ready for the post-Ma Taiwan.
- Joe Hung
Does anyone still remember K. T. Li (Kwoh-ting Li, 李國鼎)? The name sounds so remote, seemingly from a bygone era in some of Taiwan's halcyon days.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III came out swinging at his political opponents and critics Wednesday night in a special televised address to the nation. But, reading the transcript of the president's speech more closely, I got the sense that it was a defensive response to Sen.
Allegations against Lien Hui-hsin concerning her ties to a questionable nutritional supplement and diet pill stir thoughts on a number of topics.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper took a hard line on Oct. 29 in testimony before the Intelligence Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He argued that alarm over electronic monitoring of foreign leaders and vast numbers of citizens is misplaced.
A host of “systemic and systematic violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights” continue to plague Iran despite the election of the purportedly reformist President Hassan Rouhani. That's part of a stinging assessment of the current human rights landscape according to Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.