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    Bangsamoro referendum a breath of fresh air

    News, Published on 19/02/2019

    » On Jan 21, voters in the Mindanao autonomous region in the Philippines voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to become a part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, a self-administered area to be created for Mindanao's Muslims.


    Donald Trump the promise-keeper

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Donald Trump is a man of his word, and he promised his "base" to build a wall on the US border with Mexico to stop an "invasion of gangs, invasion of drugs, invasion of people". It turns out that Mexico isn't willing to pay for it after all, but a promise is a promise. So he has declared a fake "national emergency" to get his hands on the money he needs.


    The lack of refugee policy

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Thailand has been at the centre of asylum and refugee disputes since the year began. But in the past six weeks, what has emerged is not a pretty picture. A young Saudi woman won world Twitter backing and a ticket to Canada. A Bahraini refugee from Australia won freedom for a second time with inventive diplomacy. Now three of the seven Uighur migrants who escaped detention at the Mukdahan Immigration office have "won" a police manhunt and a legal limbo where extradition back to China is their No.1 likely future.


    Asean Rakhine approach: Slow but sure

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 19/02/2019

    » By October 2012, an exodus of refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state had dominated global headlines throughout the year. Asean was under heavy pressure from the international community to do something about it.


    Army chief sings out hateful blast from gory past

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 19/02/2019

    » The anti-communist song <i>Nak Phandin</i> or "Useless Weight to the Land" is so loaded with hateful political baggage it could have sunk army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong's career.

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