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April 6, 2015 No Comments

A ‘revolutionary wedding’ amidst Burma’s student crackdown

Ko Htet and his wife Su Yee Win are lovers in a dangerous time, which happens to be an entirely unexpected feature of their new life as a married couple.

06 wedding1 w A revolutionary wedding amidst Burmas student crackdown

When they posed for a series of classy black and white photographs on the grounds of Yangon University earlier this year, they had not spent a whole lot of time worrying about their future. Instead they were comfortable just rambling through the present.

Along with his studies, Ko Htet, was gaining a reputation as a popular singer at bars and clubs while his fiancé was busy with her university course in Burma’s biggest city, Yangon.

Everything changed four weeks ago, after a police crackdown against student protesters in a dusty town called Letpadan.


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March 18, 2015 3 Comments

Politics of fear prolong the reign of King Bibi in Israel

After a surprisingly clear victory for Benjamin Netanyahu, Likud party supporters are celebrating the continued rule of “King Bibi”.

March 5, 2015 No Comments

Emwazi family ‘proves innocence’ over Jihadi John claims

The Emwazi family lawyer tells Channel 4 News that his client has absolutely nothing to hide after being accused of “collaborating” with his son Mohammed.

March 4, 2015 No Comments

Emwazi family ‘need conclusive proof’ that their son is Jihadi John

John Sparks comes face-to-face with the man whose son is thought to be Jihadi John, the gruesome executioner for Islamic State.

February 23, 2015 No Comments

Jailed for satire: Thailand’s lese majeste convictions

They are young and well-educated, a pair of committed pro-democracy activists, but their participation in a student play means they will spend the next two and a half years in a Thai prison.

February 19, 2015 No Comments

Thailand: where cut-price plastic surgery is booming… and can be fatal

Plastic surgery in Thailand is a booming business – but procedures there carry risks, as was shown by the death of a young British woman in a Bangkok clinic last year.

February 18, 2015 1 Comment

Why is Burma declaring state of emergency in troubled Kokang region?

Burma’s president declares a state of emergency in the Kokang region and imposes a three-month period of martial law, hours after a Red Cross convoy comes under attack.

February 10, 2015 No Comments

Beaten and starved: the Indonesian maid leading fight against domestic abuse

A Hong Kong woman is convicted of beating and starving her Indonesian maid in a case that sparked international outrage.

January 28, 2015 4 Comments

Koh Tao: why have an ‘unusual number’ of foreigners died there?

Tourists take the boat to the island of Koh Tao to get away from it all but after a pair of brutal murders, two mysterious deaths, many people may feel inclined to keep well clear.

January 26, 2015 4 Comments

‘National revolt’ in Australia as Prince Philip awarded knighthood

Online, Tony Abbott’s decision has been treated with a large dollop of incredulity. It has been likened to an April Fool’s Day prank.