Month: May 2014

Asia in 20 years

MAY 23, 2014 Lee Hsien Loong   The Malay Mail online.   * This was the speech delivered by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the 20th Nikkei International Conference in Tokyo on the 22 May 2014.   ** This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of…

Insiders account of the Chinese Tiananmen Square story according CBS

Iconic June 5, 1989, photo of a protester standing in front of tanks at  Tiananmen Square. He was pulled away by bystanders. (Jeff Widener/Associated Press) Streissguth   FRIDAY, MAY 30,   The weary Chinese protesters sensed the end was near.   Network had only broadcast coming out of Beijing during height of protests.  After seven weeks of anti-government demonstrations…

Judge finds David Eastman suffered a miscarriage of justice

KEITH MOOR HERALD SUN  MAY 30, 2014  Colin Winchester. Source: News Corp Australia.   ACCUSED cop killer  might have his conviction overturned even though a judicial inquiry found he almost certainly did it.  He could be freed after almost 19 years behind bars because the inquiry he fought so hard for found he suffered a substantial miscarriage of…

Thailand coup in for the long haul

NOTE:  0ur Asia correspondent advises that due to sensitive content in this article, The Economist will not be distributed for the May 31st 2014 in Thailand. BANGKOK  The Economist      31 May  2014 As crackdown follows coup, the generals may stick around for as long as they think it takes to restructure politics and the economy, and…

Is India struggling with its moral values

Peter Adamis 30 May 2014 Is India struggling with its moral values because it is steeped into in its own paradigms and traditions of a bygone era.  Not living or having visited India, one can be expected to say yes. This is a great pity because India has come onto the world stage after maturing…

Despatches from Thailand

Asian Insiders Point of View.   I think that most of you would agree that the people on the ground have a better idea of what is going on than outsiders and that applies to much of the reporting on the situation in Thailand by foreign media.   Every day I hear several complaints about misreporting by…

MP Luke Donnellan attacks Liberals Mafia blood money

Labor MP Luke Donnellan. Photo: Rob Gunstone.   May 28, 2014 Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker  The Age Senior Labor MP Luke Donnellan has launched an extraordinary attack in Parliament on Premier Denis Napthine and the Liberal Party for taking “blood money” from a suspected Mafia boss.   In accusing the Liberal party of taking fundraising “money stained…

Thailand Acting Police Chief transferred officers to ensure peace keeping

Asian Insider        28 May 2014                According to our correspondent within Thailand, one of the things Thaksin did when he was Prime Minister and what he has directed from abroad since he became a fugitive criminal was to position his family. In addition he also positioned his relatives and cronies in positions of power.   As…

Can Social Media put an end to Honour Killings

CAN SOCIAL MEDIA PUT AN END TO HONOUR KILLINGS. Peter Adamis 28 May 2014 My question to readers is whether we in the western world have a right to question and protest against practices of behaviour that are alien to our society. Furthermore do we have the right to interfere in the religious functions of…

Australian tourist arrested in Thailand under martial law

May 28, 2014  Lindsay Murdoch South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media – with Melanie Kembrey.  Mark Robert Coutelas (Source: Patong Police) Photo: Patong Police Bangkok: An Australian tourist is one of the first foreigners to be arrested under Thailand’s harsh military rule that could see some offenders prosecuted in military courts.  Mark Robert Coutelas, 53, was arrested at…