Category: GLOBAL

Attempts to justify Thailand’s coup d’etat

Barry Petersen MC JP  June 13, 2014 Thailand Correspondent Democracy, as most of us understand it, includes good governance by an administration as well as the conduct of elections.   Prior to the Second World War, the German Nazi Party, led by Adolph Hitler, was democratically elected to govern Germany.   One could hardly say that good…

Powerful and merciless force emerges on world stage

Isis militants on the Iraq/Syria border: Iraq as we have understood it for the past century or so no longer exists Photo: AFP/HO/ALBARAKA NEWS.  Peter Oborne  BST 12 Jun 2014 As Middle East borders are redrawn by jihadists, the West should regard Iran as an ally.  It is almost one hundred years since Sir Mark Sykes, an…

Does China rule the waves

China and Greece maritime relationship, is it a positive adventure. Peter Adamis 12 June 2014.    Does China rule the waves alongside Greece by default is a question that has been overlooked.  Will Poseidon and the Dragon stop piracy and will their joint maritime venture bring calm seas.    Now with the global financial crisis…

China retaliates lashing provocative challenges from US and Japan

June 1, 2014    Philip Wen   China correspondent for Fairfax Media.    Provocative challenge: Deputy chief of staff of the Chinese Army Lieutenant-General Wang Guanzhong speaks at the Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore. Photo: Reuters. A copy of the article may be downloaded by clicking on: China retaliates lashing provocative challenges from   US and Japan A senior Chinese general has hit…

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…

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…

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…