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Sri Lanka: GO-NGO pots and kettles

By Malinda Seneviratne

The Government has taken some tentative steps to keep NGOs in check.  Although the big-names in the NGO fraternity have howled in protest, a careful reading of the directive issued by the NGO Secretariat clearly indicates that there’s been little more than reiteration of existing caveats pertaining to NGO activity. 


Thailand: Capital punishment goes against Buddhist principles

ThaiTempleThe recent rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on a Bangkok-bound train has given rise to calls for a mandatory death penalty for rapists.

Thailand: Post-coup diplomacy and the money trail

ThaiProtests Thailand's diplomatic relations appear to have changed dramatically since the May 22 coup. The United States, European Union and Australia condemned the power seizure and, to varying degrees, downgraded relations with Bangkok. While many Thais view the coup as a gamble, realising there is no guarantee that much-desired political reform will be delivered under military rule, countries that are responding with strong-handed measures might be taking risks too - if they want Thailand as an international partner.

Sri Lanka: Making the supreme sacrifice for animal welfare

By Senaka Weeraratna

IndraratneA little over a year ago on Vesak Day, May 24, 2013  to be exact, Ven. Bowatte Indraratana Thera made the supreme sacrifice by giving up his precious life opposite the Dalada Maligawa.

Sri Lanka: Buddhist Jurisprudence Conference - A crucial step in the right direction

In this Vesak week when religious and cultural values of this country take centre-stage it would be apt to discuss an important and crucial aspect of governance that had not received much attention of the professionals, the academia and the authorities concerned during the past 60 years since independence.

Sri Lanka: Monk's behaviour plays into anti-Buddhist camp

Nation Editorial

As the government was taking stock of the fallout of the resolution against Sri Lanka passed recently at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), there was more ammunition coming the way of Sri Lanka’s detractors’ intent on tarnishing the country’s image.

Thailand: We are degenerating just like Venice did in the 18th century


By Pornpimol Kanchanalak
There are several reasons why it was refreshing to hear former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva explain why he is stepping in to help find an "amicable" and mutually acceptable resolution, as our messy and nasty political conflict approaches a destructive dead end. Admire him or hate him, there is one thing we can all agree upon: he does not talk dirt. Abhisit risked censure from all sides by stepping forward. But he was following his "conscience and duty to the country", and the rest (though he did not say it in so many words) was understandably just trivial.

China: US cyber hypocrisy

Editorial Desk

 Is technology giant Huawei a private and independent company, as its leaders contend, or a spying front for the Chinese government, as US officials suggest? 

Thailand: Social media, will you hold your horses?

Editorial Desk

Good news or bad news, to the fast and furious social media, it's all the same. The Internet's role in aggravating the grief or mental trauma of the unfortunate is not new, but the social networks take it to a new and alarming level.

Thailand: Asean, China look for common grounds

By Kavi Chongkittavorn

 Next Monday the senior officials from Asean and China will be meeting in Pattaya after they met last September at Suzhou, China where they kicked off official consultation on the process of formulating code of conducts (CoC) for the South China Sea. 

Thailand: Vietnam screams for halt to Mekong dams as delta silts up

By Kraisak Choonhavan

Thailand must join with downstream neighbours in persuading Laos to abide by regional oversight mechanism

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