Geopolitics

Major players in Thailand’s election

With elections mere days away, the number of parties contesting for the hearts and minds of Thai voters is overwhelming. The Pheu Thai Party has formed several splinter parties with all of them vying for seats. There are also parties with propaganda aimed at inciting conservative Buddhists against the secular government in Bangkok accused of favouring Muslims.

22 March 2019
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'Superman Bangkok' urges Thais to vote

Dressed in a Superman suit with a red cape flowing behind him, a sweaty David Pfizenmaier jogs through Bangkok's standstill traffic and stops to unfurl a sign.

"If you love Thailand: Vote," it says, below the hashtag #supermanbangkok.

Thais go to the polls this weekend for the first time since a coup in 2014.

22 March 2019
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Thai PM looking to keep his job

Thailand’s junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha has had absolute executive power since toppling the government five years ago. Now he’s looking to keep his job after an election – something previous military leaders in Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy have struggled to do.

21 March 2019
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Indonesia threatens to ban European goods

Indonesia has threatened to ban imports of some goods from the European Union (EU) in retaliation for the bloc’s move to impose stricter limits on how palm oil can be used in green fuels.

21 March 2019
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The dangers of speaking out in Thailand

Dead dissidents dumped in a river, activists knotted up by the courts, and Big Brother-style internet laws – critics of Thailand's junta fear this week's election is poised to sharpen the dangers faced by those who disagree.

Thais go to the polls on 24 March, in the first election since the 2014 coup that installed the generals in power.

20 March 2019
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Rakhine leader jailed for 20 years

A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced a prominent ethnic Rakhine leader to 20 years in jail for treason, a verdict likely to intensify anger amid fighting between the ethnic group and the army.

Security forces tried to calm hundreds of supporters outside the court in Rakhine state capital Sittwe as Aye Maung was escorted to a waiting police van following the verdict.

20 March 2019
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New Zealand's PM vows never to speak killer's name

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed Tuesday never to utter the name of the twin-mosque gunman as she opened a sombre session of parliament with an evocative "as salaam alaikum" message of peace to Muslims. 

19 March 2019
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Record number of Thais turn out for early voting

More than 2.2 million Thais turned out for early voting – almost 90 percent of those registered – for Thailand's hotly anticipated national election, as the junta's main opposition predicted a cliff-hanger to the first poll in eight years.

19 March 2019
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Is Malaysia moving towards the far-right?

“Malaysia, Truly Asia” is the well-known slogan that Tourism Malaysia – the government agency under the country’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture – uses in hopes of capturing the essence of the country’s unique diversity. That’s fair considering the country is home to people from a multitude of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds.

18 March 2019
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Regime change could weaken Thai economy

A high-speed train that glides from an expanded coastal airport handling 60 million passengers toward cavernous new stations in Bangkok. An infrastructure blitz that takes Thailand’s economy to new heights.

18 March 2019
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Philippines out of International Criminal Court

The Philippines was officially out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Sunday, though the beleaguered tribunal has pledged to pursue its examination of alleged illegal killings in the government's drug war.

18 March 2019
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