Thailand coining the definition of non-democracy by Anya Palm

March 16, 2010 - 06:47 -

Defining democracy is, if not an impossible, then an
immensely difficult task. However, defining what it is not is easy, very
easy:  Amongst other things, it is NOT democracy
to gather a mass rally and declare that the sitting government must dissolve
within 24 hours, or else…

Nevertheless, this explicit threat is exactly what was
brought to the political table in Thailand’s
capital, Bangkok,
this week. Under a rally. For democracy.

Powerful men who like the word “no”

March 9, 2010 - 03:42 -

In May 2008, a massive cyclone hit Myanmar. An
estimated 1,5 million people were affected and the victims were in dire need of
help. However, all foreign aid workers’ visas were rejected and the aid planes,
filled with water and food for the people, were stopped in Rangoon and asked to turn back.