Monthly Archives: August 2010

A Slight Delay and Thoughts on the Future


Thank you, loyal readers, for following my blog so far.  If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been posting a new piece once a week (last week was a double issue), usually on the weekends by Sundays.  This week being a busy … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Thank You, Viewers


I’ve just received my 1,000 hit.  I have been posting one blog a week for the past three months, usually updating this blog on the weekend.  If you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to leave them on the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Does the Pope Shit in the Woods?


Chiang Mai, THAILAND Former prison chief and executioner Comrade Duch of the Khmer Rouge was convicted nearly a month ago, found guilty of crimes against humanity by the joint UN-Cambodian war crimes tribunal. Journalist Nic Dunlop tracked him down in … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights, Southeast Asia | Leave a comment

Herodotus’ Lesson for a Cruel Regime


Chiang Mai, THAILAND BOOK ONE of Herodotus’ Histories: Croesus, king of the Lydians, has a “craving to extend his territories.” He has just asked the oracle at Delphi what the outcome of an attack against Cyrus and the Persian Empire … Continue reading

Posted in Burma/Myanmar | Leave a comment

Buffalo Stories: How He Lost His Upper Teeth


Bangkok, THAILAND 15 August, 2010 Have you ever seen how the water buffalo (Thai, kwai; Vietnamese, con trâu) has no upper teeth? They only have a row of bottom teeth but lack a matching set on the top. Well, I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Burma/Myanmar, Vietnam | 1 Comment

Ninjas Aren’t the Problem: Restlessness in East Timor


Chiang Mai, THAILAND As paramilitary forces and police presence escalate in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, many locals feel increasingly wary, and tensions linger high in a society that only gained official independence in 2002. 2006 saw the outbreak of … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Southeast Asia | Leave a comment

Civil Society and State Policy in Southeast Asian Countries: Examples of Authoritarian Control and Civil Society’s Responses


We receive conflicting reports on Burma regarding state policies toward civil society. The military government seems to allow certain privileges to some established non-governmental organizations (often those with close ties to the junta). But the regime’s policies toward independent organizations … Continue reading

Posted in Burma/Myanmar, Civil Society, Southeast Asia, Vietnam | 1 Comment