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    Araibi case: own goals all round

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/02/2019

    » The contention that Thailand would not have been involved in the controversial case of Hakeem al-Araibi had it not received a red alert notice from Australian Interpol sounded ridiculous when I first heard it. Why would Australia issue an arrest warrant for a person it had granted asylum to?

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    Asia's memorable World Cup

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/07/2018

    » The World Cup approaches its semi-final round this week minus any African or Asian contenders, but Asian teams did much better than I thought they would. I do not think I was the only observer who erred on the side of pessimism before the tournament started with a record five Asian teams.

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    Asia gets its kicks

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/06/2018

    » There was no shortage of excitement in the world last week, what with Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un shaking hands and pledging to work toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the number of people tuning in to the "summit of the century" was probably eclipsed two days later when the World Cup kicked off in Russia.

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    Winter is coming, still

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/01/2017

    » Following an eventful 2016 that featured seismic political shifts and numerous celebrity deaths, many of us greeted the New Year with hopes that better times lie ahead. But regardless what the fortune tellers say, 2017 could be the year of consequences, whether it's the final outcome of Brexit or the impact of a Donald Trump presidency.

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