Applause interrupted the final session of China’s National People’s Congress on 14 March as it agreed on the new anti-secession law directed at Taiwan. This was the climax of the NPC meeting, a rubber-stamp body of 3,000 functionaries in the ”communist” party apparatus. On this note, the ten-day...

Scandal of government ‘relief’ fuels social, political and national crisis

The king of Nepal, Shah Gianandra, fired his hand-picked Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba, and government cabinet, on 1 February. In dissolving the government, the King cited its failure to hold elections and to maintaining law and order, as the reasons for his repressive actions.

King Gyanendra’s coup in Nepal, on 1 February, is "likely to strengthen the Maoist insurgents and make Nepal’s civil war even more intensive", according to the International Crisis Group, a Brussels think-tank.

Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (pronounced "Chin-a-what") and his Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party are on course for a crushing parliamentary majority following the elections in Thailand on Sunday 6 February.

"Demonstrations are escalating. From yesterday morning until today, homeless people in the East of the Island occupied the main road from Ampara all the way up to Batticaloa.

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