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  • NEWS

    N. Korea urges troops to be 'human bombs'

    AFP, Published on 01/01/2012

    » North Korea told its military on Sunday to become "human rifles and bombs" to defend new leader Kim Jong-Un and vowed an all-out push for prosperity, in a New Year message setting out policy goals.

  • NEWS

    Seoul sees 'turning point' with North Korea

    AFP, Published on 03/01/2012

    » SEOUL - South Korea's President Lee Myung-Bak said Monday the divided peninsula is at a turning point after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, with opportunities to improve relations.

  • OPINION

    UK's patronising tone

    News, Published on 07/01/2012

    » I found the article ''UK-Asean relations for the 21st century'' (BP, Opinion, Jan 6) fascinating _ which is to say, very patronising. I am trying to understand the British foreign minister's statement that ''...we have a shared interest in maintaining security in a region which has some of the world's most important shipping routes... tackling common threats such as... nuclear proliferation, cyber-crime, and climate change''.

  • OPINION

    Gitmo no cause for celebration

    News, Published on 15/01/2012

    » Last Wednesday was the 10th anniversary of the opening of the United States' Guantanamo Bay detention centre for those deemed to be foreign combatants in the nebulous US-led war on terror. Riding a wave of popular outcry against the centre internationally and at home, then-candidate Barack Obama made a pledge to close the facility a keynote of campaign speeches, and soon after he was inaugurated in January 2009 he signed an executive order calling for its closure. Yet in December the US Congress passed a defence funding appropriation bill with a provision that established the legal framework to keep the detention centre open indefinitely. Mr Obama did make some efforts to keep his promise. Not long after US Attorney General Eric Holder announced a plan to hold trials for detainees in US federal courts. To be sure there were considerable obstacles to carrying this out, not least the vehement opposition in communities near where the detainees would be imprisoned while awaiting trial. But despite the difficulties, Mr Obama's first impulses were correct. Guantanamo should have been closed long ago.

  • NEWS

    N. Koreans urged to defend Jong-Un 'unto death'

    AFP, Published on 01/01/2012

    » North Korea urged its people Sunday to defend new leader Kim Jong-Un to the death and vowed an all-out push for prosperity, in a New Year state newspaper editorial setting out policy goals.

  • NEWS

    Geithner in China for Iran sanctions talks

    AFP, Published on 10/01/2012

    » US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks focused on sanctions against Tehran as China warned of disastrous consequences if the Iranian nuclear row escalated.

  • NEWS

    Iran judge condemns American to death for spying

    AFP, Published on 09/01/2012

    » A judge in Iran has sentenced a US-Iranian man to death for spying for the CIA, media reports said on Monday, exacerbating Tehran-Washington tensions already high in the face of Western sanctions on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

  • OPINION

    Washington shifts focus

    News, Published on 09/01/2012

    » The United States announced last week that it was cutting the size of its military. President Barack Obama and other senior officials also announced many important new changes. Many will affect Thailand and East Asia, directly and indirectly.

  • OPINION

    Burma balancing act

    News, Published on 08/01/2012

    » A day after the 64th anniversary of Burma's declaration of independence from Britain on Jan 4, 1948, British Foreign Minister William Hague arrived in Rangoon in the interests of speeding along true independence for the Burmese people.

  • OPINION

    Wear black to mourn Ministry of Education

    News, Published on 14/01/2012

    » Re: ''Give our kids a better deal'' (BP, Editorial, Jan 13). As today is Children's Day, it must have been coincidental that the Bangkok Post's editorial highlighted the fact that a third of Thailand's 15 million youths are failing through the cracks.

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