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  • October 25, 2014

    Fallout of protests may leave Hong Kong scarred forever

    ... that they will occupy the streets forever. The students' biggest challenge is to convince Hong Kongers, especially the businessmen and older people, that their fight will not hurt the economy, as millions of dollars have been lost. Much more than that, Hong Kongers are seeing an unprecedented political...

    Opinion
  • October 24, 2014

    Calls for conflicting sides to join charter drafting

    ... were first raised when the 250-member National Reform Council (NRC) was put together, as many of the members are clearly opponents of the "old power clique" led by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Now the spotlight is on the 36-member Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), especially since...

    Politics
  • October 23, 2014

    Independent bodies may have outlived their utility

    ... needed after political reforms and the new charter is in place. In 1997, the independent organisations were innovations to check and balance the power of politicians. They were designed as fast-track mechanisms to act against politicians who cheated their way to power or abused that power once acquired. In those...

    Politics
  • October 23, 2014

    NRC chief backs NACC decision against asset declaration

    ..., Thienchay said he believed the NRC should stick with NACC's decision, otherwise it will give rise to legal disputes. Meanwhile, deputy Democrat Party leader Nipit Intarasombat said the NACC's decision was "outright unreasonable", adding that he backed a former Pheu Thai Party MP's call for NRC members to declare...

    Politics
  • October 23, 2014

    Reform agenda: Separate politics from state enterprises

    One member has made it clear that the board is no "Superman". Nor is it such a powerful group of people that its members are "untouchable". In fact "super" here stands for "supervisory", which suggests that its main duty is to lay the foundation for a long-term solution for the trouble-plagued state enterprises...

    Opinion
  • October 22, 2014

    Magic and surprises in old Sehwan

    ... could pause) amid their journeys to faraway places. But now most of that fortune has withered away. Trade routes have shifted and the seat of power has moved to new urban centres and in between much of the older charm has dwindled. Now when you enter the city a sense of sadness hits you. Amid the...

    Travel
  • October 21, 2014

    After spectacular rise, stunning downfall now threatens Jokowi

    ... leadership slate of candidates from the military and political establishments. However, despite months in the limelight as a competitor for power, President Jokowi's enigma is yet to be fully unpacked: his potential is yet to be discovered or unleashed. Still, his supporters hope he will lead them to...

    Opinion
  • October 21, 2014

    All signs point to state power centralisation

    ... any real authority and their duties often overlap with those of Interior Ministry units. Hence, understandably, there have been calls for further power decentralisation in different forms and models. Yet, signs from those currently in control of the country - the military and bureaucrats - suggest that...

    Politics
  • October 21, 2014

    China 'executed 2,400' last year: rights group

    ... is so reticent on the issue that it has done nothing to publicise the long-term decline in its use of the death penalty. But it still executes more people than every other country put together, rights groups say. The total for the rest of the world combined was 778 people in 2013, according to campaign group...

    National
  • October 21, 2014

    Myanmar sets provisional date for key 2015 polls

    ... to be held in the final week of October or the first week of November, Union Election Commission chairman Tin Aye said at a meeting with political parties in Yangon. He said the election "needs to be free and fair" so that "smart and good people" would be installed in parliament, adding that the exact date would...

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