Category Archives: Human Rights

Sri Lanka’s Political Faltering and Entrenched Ethnic Divisions


September 9, 2011 Brookline, MA After more than a quarter century of violence and ethnic division, the world had cause to hope that Sri Lanka’s May 2009 military victory over the rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, would … Continue reading

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China’s Problems


Washington, DC, July 28, 2011 This week has revealed a host of internal and international problems confronting China. While the list is nothing new, the fact that they have all come to a head at once indicates mutually reinforcing crises … Continue reading

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The Lady’s Last Act? Aung San Suu Kyi’s Influence May Be on the Wane


July 14, 2011 Washington, DC Last week, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the disbanded National League for Democracy, traveled to Bagan amidst widespread speculation of military violence.  Suu Kyi’s NLD won the previous 1990 elections, but the … Continue reading

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Next Move: Are National Reconciliation and a Peaceful Revolution Possible in Burma?


Brookline, MA Since being freed from two decades of house arrest two weeks ago, Burma’s dissident number one, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has been busily touring Yangon and interviewing with foreign media, diplomats, local citizens, and political leaders. She … Continue reading

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Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand Comes Under Pressure


Brookline, MA In an unusually stifling move to quiet an admittedly rather sensitive discussion, the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested that the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) not hold an event scheduled in Bangkok for September 13, 2010: … Continue reading

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A Trip to North Thailand – Shan Burma Border


Brookline, MA It was one of my last weekends in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and I was all set to go to a Handsome Furs concert on Saturday night. It was shaping up to be a good weekend. Then a regional … Continue reading

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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

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