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  • OPINION

    Is Aussie political madness catching?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 29/08/2018

    » I happened to be in Canberra last Friday, speaking to a room full of journalists at the National Press Club, when the news came in, halfway through lunch, that Australia had a new prime minister. The moderator pointed out that the year is already two-thirds gone and it is "only three prime ministers till Christmas" -- and the China Daily's headline read "Australia changes its prime minister again, again, again, again, again".

  • OPINION

    Philippines' hollow victory over China

    News, Johanna Son, Published on 20/08/2018

    » In an Asean multilateral meeting in Cambodia in 2012, the Philippines' then-foreign secretary, Alberto del Rosario, found himself in an uncomfortable diplomatic situation.

  • THAILAND

    Political activities ban to stay

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 16/06/2018

    » A ban on political activities is likely to be removed after all the election-related laws take effect, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Friday.

  • THAILAND

    Plotting the path to a new democracy

    News, Mongkol Bangprapa, Published on 11/06/2018

    » At the age of 59, Jarungvith Phumma believes the role of Election Commission (EC) secretary-general will give him the opportunity to ensure a democratic culture takes root in Thai politics.

  • THAILAND

    Calls for poll build after court's OK

    News, Published on 31/05/2018

    » Politicians and academics are upbeat after the Constitutional Court's ruling Wednesday to clear the organic bill on the election of MPs, saying the regime has no excuse to postpone the election expected in February any more.

  • 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.

  • OPINION

    Silent majority in Catalonia need to find their voice

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 31/10/2017

    » It's been going on for a while. "Recently in Catalonia we have been living through a kind of 'soft' totalitarianism... the illusion of unanimity created by the fear of expressing dissent," wrote best-selling Catalan author Javier Cercas in the Spanish newspaper El Pais in 2014. Those who didn't want independence kept their heads down and their mouths shut, in other words.

  • THAILAND

    Election Commission charting new ground

    News, Mongkol Bangprapa, Published on 08/05/2017

    » The Election Commission is going through internal changes demanded by the new constitution. In an exclusive interview, EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen speaks of the commission's preparedness for the new duties and powers to put together elections under new rules.

  • OPINION

    Nothing 'moderate' about Malaysia

    Asia focus, Freddie Hayward, Published on 04/09/2017

    » Last month, the Malaysian chapter of the group Atheist Republic posted a photo of its annual social gathering. The caption read: "Atheists from all walks of life came to meet one another … each sharing their stories and forming new friendships that hopefully last a lifetime! We rock!" What seemed like a harmless meeting of like-minded people quickly turned into a national controversy.

  • OPINION

    Europe struggles over Trump plan

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 07/08/2017

    » 'We have to understand, that we Europeans must fight for our own future and destiny," said Angela Merkel. This was the German chancellor speaking to a crowd of supporters in May, after a testy few days of a G7 summit that included reports in German news media that Donald Trump had called her country "very bad" for selling so many cars to the United States -- and which saw the US president emerge as the only G7 dissenter on combating climate change.

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