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The Morality of Power and Wealth

The Morality of Power and Wealth


As one of the godfathers of modern neoliberalism, it would be interesting to get Columbia University Professor Jeffery Sachs’ take on the recent government crackdown on protesting garment factory workers

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Southeast Asia 2013 Review: A Region Deprived of Leaders and Hope

Southeast Asia 2013 Review: A Region Deprived of Leaders and Hope


Until very recently, Ou Virak was President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. Being a human rights activist in Cambodia, a country with too many abuses in that category to possibly list here, is quite the daunting task. The government …

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: How the 1% Continues to Steal Us Blind

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: How the 1% Continues to Steal Us Blind


As ordinary Americans are continuously distracted by Holiday shopping deals, Dancing With the Stars, and things in their own, personal lives, the wealthy one percent class of elites that we hear so much about has kept its eye on the prize. …

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Rise of the Radicals: The Uncertain Political Space of India and Bangladesh

Rise of the Radicals: The Uncertain Political Space of India and Bangladesh

 
Oscar Wilde in his masterpiece The Picture of Dorian Gray stated that, “nothing is more essential than being young and beautiful.” Unfortunately, today, the political space of India and Bangladesh is neither young nor it can be categorized as beautiful.  To better understand this argument, it is important to take into …

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Snap Election Called in Thailand

Snap Election Called in Thailand


Unable to mollify ongoing demonstrations staged by anti-government protestors throughout Bangkok over the past several weeks, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved Parliament on Monday and called for snap elections to take place in the beginning of February.
The announcement from the …

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Rough Sledding for Yingluck

Rough Sledding for Yingluck


If you thought U.S. President Barack Obama was suffering from a political crisis in the wake of his problematic healthcare rollout, you should see the situation in Thailand these days for beleaguered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. A day after the World …

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Beijing loses face in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Beijing loses face in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan

photo: Associated Press
Chinese president Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang’s diplomatic offensive in Southeast Asia reaped benefits last month, as Beijing reached agreement with Vietnam to form a working group to jointly explore the waters of the disputed South China Sea.  Beijing seems to have copied Obama’s “pivot to Asia,” …

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Climate Change and Corruption

Climate Change and Corruption


Every year, roughly between August and November, the monsoon season hits Southeast Asia as a matter of fact. Despite this constant and consistent phenomenon, the corrupt governments which proliferate throughout the region

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Memo to America: Stay Out of Cambodia

Memo to America: Stay Out of Cambodia


There is an infamous line from a speech made by U.S. President Lyndon Johnson at Johns Hopkins University in 1965 during which he was attempting to rationalize American involvement in Southeast Asia …

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Anti-Imperialist Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013)

Anti-Imperialist Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013)


General Vo Nguyen Giap, anti-imperialist hero and commander of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) during the struggle against French colonialism and America’s decade long war against his country died on October 4. He was 102.
Giap was a self-taught military strategist who …

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Those Dictators We Love

Those Dictators We Love


White House press secretary Jay Carney offered a sharp rebuttal of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times recently by saying, “unlike Russia, the United …

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Deadly Day of Protests in Cambodia

Deadly Day of Protests in Cambodia


One person was killed and several others were injured after a day of protests in Cambodia turned deadly Sunday night. Mao Chan, 29, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene of Monivong Bridge when a faction of …

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U.S. Diplomatic, Economic and Security Engagement with the Asia-Pacific Continues

U.S. Diplomatic, Economic and Security Engagement with the Asia-Pacific Continues

 
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has just returned from his second visit to Asia, only two months after partaking in the Shangri La Dialogue back in June, and his second visit to Asia in six months since becoming secretary of defense. Acknowledging …

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Moral Obscenities and American Hypocrisy

Moral Obscenities and American Hypocrisy


As I watched Secretary of State John Kerry stand before the lectern last Monday afternoon and give an impassioned speech decrying the use of chemical weapons in Syria, I was briefly transported back in time to about two years ago. I …

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Taking it to the Streets, Again

Taking it to the Streets, Again


BANGKOK — Pictured above is Thailand’s “Democracy Monument,” an ironic name for a memorial in a country which has had ten coup d’états since it abolished the absolute monarchy in 1932. …

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