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.
has been plagued by terrorists for decades, almost a century even.
The people of especially the three most southern provinces –
Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat – lives like this: Almost all news from their part
of the world involves bombs and someone dying. They attend funerals frequently.
There are bullet holes in their kids’ classrooms. And no one goes about
anywhere after dark. These people live in fear.
Presidential elections, parliamentary Elections, opposition presidential
candidate arrested, president extends his presidential periode, takes over
ministry of information and communication. Some how all seen before including
the reaction of the Western powers.
The Maguindanao province, located
on Mindanao island in Southern Philippines, made headlines in international
media on November 23, 2009, when a convoy on the way to an election office was
held en route by armed men and 57 people were brutally killed. The governor of
the province, Andal Ampatuan, is pointed out as the prime suspect for the
Sivarak Chutipong is a name everyone, who follows South East
Asian news, will recognize. From complete anonymousity just a few months ago,
Sivarak Chutipong became famous over night. Why? He is a spy.
In the last days of August, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) put a decisive end to the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) half century of practically uninterrupted rule. Soon after, 29 September, the new minister of justice, Keiko Chiba (DPJ), announced she would introduce early next year a bill for revising the Civil Code in order to introduce an optional separate surnames system for married couples. Such a bill would arguably reform the family model that has ruled Japanese social life for over a century.