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  • OPINION

    How the Catalonia vote threatens the EU

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 06/11/2017

    » The struggles for and against independence in the Spanish province of Catalonia are emblematic of the European Union's present strength and its future weakness. They also display the weaknesses, present and future, of the two leaders of the contending parties: Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister and Carles Puigdemont, president of Catalonia.

  • NEWS

    'Economic interests' named as potential motive behind Big C blast in Pattani

    News, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 28/05/2017

    » A Thai army commander based in the deep South believes that the perpetrators behind the Big C bombing in Pattani were more motivated by economic interests than the separatist movement's desire to assert regional autonomy.

  • OPINION

    America is divided by race, united by pain

    News, Frank Bruni, Published on 11/07/2016

    » There aren't any ready answers for how to end this cycle of bloodshed, these heart-rending images from Louisiana and Minnesota and Texas of a country in desperate trouble, with so much pain to soothe, rage to exorcise and injustice to confront.

  • OPINION

    All South must talk

    News, Editorial, Published on 31/08/2015

    » The decision to resume official contact with separatists is good news for the Deep South and the country in general. Last week, a government-authorised team led by Gen Aksara Kerdpol met a number of representatives of well-known military groups. The public ceremony took place in Kuala Lumpur, and was largely organised and arranged by the Malaysian government. The contacts are tentative, and not yet even called peace talks. There is an essential ingredient missing before the contacts can make significant progress.

  • OPINION

    Uighur refugees deserve freedom

    News, Published on 20/11/2018

    » On Aug 1, 2018, Bilal, a 27-year-old Uighur refugee, died in a Thai immigration detention facility, where he had been held since March 2014. Thai police and volunteers from a local NGO helped with funeral arrangements and Bilal was buried in an Islamic cemetery far from his family and homeland.

  • NEWS

    PM mulls canal plan but army brooks no delay

    News, Assawin Pakkawan, Published on 30/10/2018

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) and Office of the National Security Council (NSC) to look into a proposed canal project connecting the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea.

  • NEWS

    China's internment camps: tear gas, Tasers and textbooks

    AFP, Published on 24/10/2018

    » BEIJING: On state television, the vocational education centre in China's far west looked like a modern school where happy students studied Mandarin, brushed up their job skills, and pursued hobbies such as sports and folk dance.

  • NEWS

    China launches anti-halal crackdown in Xinjiang city

    AFP, Published on 10/10/2018

    » BEIJING: Chinese authorities have launched a campaign against halal products in the name of fighting extremism in the capital of Xinjiang, the fractious northwest region where Muslims are facing a raft of religious restrictions.

  • NEWS

    Pro-independence protesters in Catalonia block roads, railway line

    AFP, Published on 01/10/2018

    » BARCELONA - Pro-independence protesters obstructed major roads and a high-speed railway line in Spain's Catalonia region on Monday, one year after a banned referendum on secession marred by police violence.

  • NEWS

    China anti-graft agency probes head of energy administration

    AFP, Published on 21/09/2018

    » BEIJING - The head of China's energy administration has been placed under investigation by the country's anti-corruption watchdog, the latest top official ensnared in the Communist Party's campaign against graft.

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