Monthly Archives: June 2010

Dueling Dunces


Chiang Mai, THAILAND One bright day in the middle of the night, Two dead boys got up to fight. Back to back they faced each other, Drew their swords and shot each other. One was blind and the other couldn’t … Continue reading

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On the Wrong Side of History: Burma’s Issue of Manpower


Chiang Mai, THAILAND This is not a book review, and this is not the proper place for a critical analysis of an important, new scholarly work. Suffice it to say that this blog post will gratefully follow in the important … Continue reading

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A Mixed Picture in Myanmar


Chiang Mai, THAILAND In the past week, the world has learned a great deal about Myanmar’s military ambitions, possible rifts within the ruling junta, and the nature of Myanmar’s foreign relations, namely with North Korea. But we should not presume … Continue reading

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Culture of Corruption, Part 2


Mae Sot, THAILAND Last week, Part 1 introduced the themes of this two-fold post, “Culture of Corruption,” in which I examine the relationship between a country’s government type, GDP, and education budget and standard. Part 1 suggested that Southeast Asia … Continue reading

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