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Thailand army declares martial law, denies coup | theguardian.com

Thailand’s army has declared martial law ‘to keep law and order’ after six months of violent unrest and anti-government demonstrations. The move was announced on the military’s television channel and sparked fears of yet another coup d’etat in a country where there have been 11 armed takeovers since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932 For more on this story, ...

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Terror and Impunity in Kashmir | FPIF

National security laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), in effect in Kashmir since 1990, guarantee impunity to military personnel accused of these crimes. Against this continuing chronicle of military terror, the Kashmiri movement for justice and rights offers a profoundly moral voice.

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Japan OKs new energy policy, kills no-nuclear goal | The Japan Times

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday officially abandoned the zero-nuclear goal of the previous administration by adopting a new basic energy policy that pledges to push for restarting the reactors idled in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns. The new Basic Energy Plan, revised about every three years, is a clear departure from the zero-nuclear policy ...

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#CongressOccupied Protesters Reject Taiwanese President’s Proposed Solution | Global Voices

Protesters occupying Taiwan’s legislature rejected a proposal put forward by President Ma Ying-jeou and his cabinet on April 3 that would “monitor” future trade agreements with China. Members of the #CongressOccupied movement called the plan “empty, insincere and deceptive” as it gives neither room for citizen participation nor power to the Legislative Yuan to participate in the negotiation process or amend the ...

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?‘Human rights’ attacks on DPRK will not bring peace | RT Op-Edge

People gather at a rally to exhort the objectives that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un suggested in his New Year speech, at Kim Il-Sung square, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.

The latest act of hostility and aggression against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea came in the form of the Human Rights Report issued by the United Nations. The recent report makes very extreme accusations against the country, and its words are being repeated in Western media as undisputed fact. The research the report is based on was hardly scientific. ...

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Okinawa: Two Elections | CounterPunch

by C. Douglas Lummis, Naha, Okinawa. The 2010 Governor’s election in Okinawa was a game changer. Up to then the pattern of elections here had been, a progressive candidate clearly opposed to the US military bases on the island, vs. a conservative candidate who was not positively in favor of them, but took the attitude, if we can’t get rid ...

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A peace agreement in Mindanao: A fragile peace | The Economist

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is preparing to sign an agreement with the government that is meant to end decades of conflict in the south of the Philippines. For more on this story, visit: A peace agreement in Mindanao: A fragile peace | The Economist. See Also: British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Thursday called on all stakeholders in ...

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A New Regional Strategy for Indonesia’s Next President | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The rest of Southeast Asia will look to Indonesia for leadership and guidance in adjusting to accommodate these changes in the world order. The country’s size, democratic institutions, and economic performance have given it considerable heft in regional and world affairs. As a result, Indonesia’s strategic choices in the region today will extend far beyond its borders and have ramifications ...

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