At the beginning of every year, countries around the world issue figures for economic growth, trade, immigration and so forth for the previous year.
By any measure, the upcoming election is the weirdest in Thai political history.
Chinese ships patrolling an area contested by Malaysia are likely to cause more anxiety across Southeast Asia and risk the ire of a country that has long sought to downplay strategic concerns generated by China's rising power.
2014/1/29, 2 Comments
In the tangled mess of Bangkok street blockades manned by protesters bent on overthrowing the caretaker government of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, lies a sprawling encampment right next to the premier's vacated office.
Myanmar made succinctly clear the Rohingya problem would not be raised in any ASEAN meeting during its chairmanship this year. U Ye Htut, the spokesperson of President Thein Sein, reiterated his country's position during a press conference on the eve of the first ASEAN informal ministerial meeting recently in Bagan.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a lot of things to worry about. His Abenomics is losing steam. Now that Uncle Sam has turned cool in support he is campaigning against China for world support in Japan's dispute with China over the tiny Senkaku archipelago, which Beijing and Taipei claim as the Diaoyutais. Washington now tends to think Abe is a troublemaker. On top of all that, he has a new worry; Junichiro Koizumi, one of Japan's longest lasting prime ministers, and his mentor.
- Joe Hung
I don't know how readers of this column think about the uncles they may have in life, but I know how I feel about the uncles I have in mine. Perhaps for reasons special for my family, the uncles my siblings and I shared were and, I like to imagine, still are very significant people for us.
“...bulk collection of private data is undermining Americans' constitutional rights,” is how United States Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) reacted to the ongoing controversy regarding the National Security Agency (NSA). The massive program responsible for accumulating phone records includes people not only in the United States but around the globe, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders.
An international, ministerial-level conference on ending the civil war in Syria was held Wednesday and Thursday in Montreux, Switzerland.
Thailand's beleaguered ruling party is banking on snap polls on Feb. 2 to renew its mandate.