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August 31, 2014 3 Comments

Pakistan election crisis – is history repeating itself?

Pakistan seems to lurch from one political crisis to another and perhaps inevitably, it has got another full-blown emergency on their hands.

This afternoon, thousands of anti-government demonstrators continued their attempt to storm the official residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but were driven back by the police as a two week long political crisis entered a new and volatile stage.

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August 26, 2014 7 Comments

Flying Malaysia Airlines: something only ‘brave travellers’ do

Passengers on Malaysia Airlines flights have been busy posting photos on Twitter of deserted cabins and rows and rows of empty seats.

July 30, 2014 4 Comments

Vietnamese communists call for end to… Vietnamese communism

We don’t spend much time talking about Vietnam, other than its allure as a holiday destination. But the time has come to talk about politics in this sickle-shaped nation.

July 25, 2014 12 Comments

Israel-Gaza crisis 2014 – story so far

A record of the main developments in Gaza since the crisis escalated at the end of June.

July 19, 2014 2 Comments

MH17 disaster: blinded by jargon

It was certainly clear when I met former Malaysia Airlines executive Abudul Aziz that he loves the company – it was equally clear that he is worried about it after the downing of flight MH17, the

July 18, 2014 No Comments

More than 500 killed on Malaysia Airlines flights this year

At first glance, nothing at Kuala Lumpur’s impressive-looking airport seemed out of place. But there was a heavy feeling in the air.

On the deadly scene of Malaysia flight MH17 crash

Freelance photographer John Wendle describes the harrowing moment he arrived on the scene of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash.

July 1, 2014 2 Comments

Hong Kong protesters have ‘Beijing’s tentacles’ in sight

In a mass demonstration in Hong Kong on Tuesday, protesters are hoping their Beijing-based masters get the “message” and leave them alone.

June 30, 2014 No Comments

The Thai fortune-teller who has lost faith in the future

To me, it sounded like one of the best known fortune-tellers in south east Asia, Luck Rakanithes, believes he made his own luck.

June 28, 2014 No Comments

Thailand: did fortune-tellers predict military coup?

Banned protests, free concerts and models… Thailand is changing under military rule – but how much did fortune-tellers have to play in the coup?