Category Archives: Southeast Asia

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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A Vietnamese Folk Tale: The Origin of Rice Agriculture


Seattle, WA A week away from Burma’s first elections in twenty years, the world awaits to see how events play out. Most say the elections won’t be free and fair, the junta-backed USDP (Union Solidarity and Development Party) largely tipped … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Ups Involvement in Southeast Asia in an Attempt to “Contain” China


Seattle, WA Douglas Paal of the Carnegie Endowment recently commented on America’s bustling and reformed—we can only hope for the long term—foreign policy in the Asia Pacific region, calling the move “the most comprehensive burst of diplomatic and military activity … 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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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

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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

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Deadly Silence


Chiang Mai, THAILAND And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence “Fools”, … Continue reading

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