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June 18, 2015 3 Comments

Aung San Suu Kyi: a painful metamorphosis

The transition from leading dissident to the leader of a political party, ensconced in the bruising world of Burmese politics, was never going to be an easy one for Aung San Suu Kyi – or for that matter, the rest of us.

And so it has proven, with the diminutive 69 year-old preparing to fight crucial national elections in November.

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June 12, 2015 2 Comments

Exposed: why naked photos offended many in Malaysia

When travelling abroad it is a good idea not to make the locals mad. A lesson learned, perhaps, by four backpackers who pleaded guilty to committing an “obscene act in a public place”

June 2, 2015 No Comments

China cruise ship disaster: hundreds missing

The ship sank within two minutes and no distress call was issued, although the captain and chief engineer are reported to have survived the incident. They are currently being questioned by police.

May 29, 2015 1 Comment

Malaysia’s human traffickers adapt to survive – and are back in business

Speed boats ferry people to shore from a giant ship hovering off the coast after the ransom is paid – and those who die onboard are simply tipped over the side.

May 21, 2015 2 Comments

Rohingya will not be saved by the new ‘no push-back’ policy

As odious as the business of smuggling people across the Andaman Sea is, the traffickers and the “boat people” fleeing Burma and Bangladesh share a common cause.

May 20, 2015 2 Comments

Nightmare at sea ends for the ‘green boat’ migrants

The mystery of the ‘green boat’ was solved this morning when 400-odd occupants of a rickety fishing trawler turned up on the Indonesian coast in the early hours of this morning.

May 12, 2015 No Comments

Fears for remote areas of Nepal after more earthquakes

Thousands run out on to the streets of Kathmandu as another deadly earthquake rocks Nepal.

May 5, 2015 No Comments

Trafficking death camp in Thailand may be tip of the iceberg

Four days ago a camp was found on the Thai-Malaysia border containing the graves of dozens of would-be migrants – and some believe there may be at least 60 more such camps.

May 1, 2015 No Comments

Shocking discovery of Rohingya graves on Thai-Malaysia border

The discovery on the Thai border of around 50 bodies, thought to be members of the marginalised Rohingya community, underlines the brutal nature of the trade in humans.

April 29, 2015 1 Comment

Indonesia’s executions: a weak president acting tough

The execution of eight convicted drug traffickers by Malaysia is a demonstration of the underlying weakness of the country’s President.