8th June 2010
8th June 2010
What just happened in Thailand? Was Thailand not supposed to
be a peaceful vacation paradise with perfect beaches and charming smiles?
Didn’t we just spend a couple of leisurely lazy days looking at stunning
temples and eating delicious street food from the stalls with not a care in the
world? (Yes, we did. In 2009, about 11 million foreigners visited Thailand.)
by Mikael Weissmann and Linus Hagström, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs
By Stig Toft Madsen April 23, 2010 The Ananda Marga – the Path of Bliss – was founded in 1955 by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar as a socio-spiritual organization. In 1959, Sarkar added the political wing, known as Proutist Universal, where
Professor of Asian Security, University of Copenhagen
Not so long ago I was making a journey from Copenhagen to Bangalore, in India. I boarded a fully booked flight which I promised myself never to take again. No sooner I had landed in Delhi, and preceded to immigration control I noticed that I had started up a conversation while in line with a gentleman who was an electric technician from Europe. He told me that he was here in India to work with some software engineers on a product that they were developing for internet subscription via the power grid for Europe.
Aceh as a model of
Asian-European security cooperation by Timo Kivimäki
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
this week. Under a rally. For democracy.
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.