Dec 18, 2014

Thai junta-backed council recommends PM directly elected

A council appointed by Thailand’s ruling military junta voted Wednesday to recommend stripping parliament of the power to appoint a prime minister and cabinet, triggering accusations that the move is aimed at curtailing democracy. The National Reform Council resolved after three days of debate ...

Dec 14, 2014

China to punish tourists in Thai air rage assault

Chinese authorities have vowed to severely punish Chinese travelers who threw hot water and noodles on a Thai flight attendant and threatened to bomb the plane after they became enraged over sitting arrangements. China National Tourism Administration said Saturday the tourists disrupted the flight ...

Dec 14, 2014

China to punish tourists over Thai air rage assault

Chinese authorities vowed to severely punish Chinese travelers who threw hot water and noodles on a Thai flight attendant and threatened to bomb the plane after they became enraged over seating arrangements. China National Tourism Administration said Saturday the tourists disrupted the flight, hurt ...

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

Dec 12, 2014

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

by Jerome Taylor

Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist’s wife says his abductors enjoy impunity — an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely “disappearing” opponents. Sombath disappeared from the streets of the capital ...

Dec 12, 2014

Thailand denies existence of CIA 'black site'

A senior Thai official Thursday flatly rejected longstanding claims that the kingdom hosted a secret CIA prison, after the publication of a U.S. Senate report this week reignited controversy over Washington’s “black site” network. Thailand has long been accused by human rights groups of ...

Dec 10, 2014

Thai junta propaganda film stuns with Hitler scene

An officially sanctioned propaganda film commissioned by Thailand’s junta has caused outrage and bafflement after viewers noticed it used imagery of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The short film — one of a series commissioned by Thai generals to promote “Twelve Values” it wants the ...