May 25, 2015

Russia's new 'undesirables' law draws Western ire

The European Union joined the United States on Sunday in condemning a Russian crackdown on “undesirable” nongovernmental organizations, calling it a “worrying step” that would stifle free speech. Under the law signed by President Vladimir Putin on Saturday evening, Russian prosecutors will be able ...

Smugglers in Thailand getting rich off Rohingya

May 24, 2015

Smugglers in Thailand getting rich off Rohingya

Around $1,100 should have secured passage for each of the Rohingya migrants who were found adrift in the Andaman Sea — victims of a dark trade in humans that pivots around smuggling kingpins in Thailand’s south. From the heaving bow of a wooden boat ...

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

May 24, 2015

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

by Marion Thibaut

When Natnicha’s husband was jailed for insulting Thailand’s monarchy under the country’s lese majeste laws, she didn’t just lose a partner. She lost her friends and place in Thai society — joining the growing ranks of outcasts since royalist generals seized power a year ...