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Video: Speech to Red Shirt Rally in Thailand

This weekend I spoke via Skype to a rally of hundreds of thousands of Red Shirt activists in Bangkok, who had come out to show support for the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra against the pending threat of her removal by a judicial coup. The video of the speech is below, with my […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 2, 2014

TODAY: Bulgaria on high alert; Nato says no withdrawal of troops from Ukraine border; Russia warns Ukraine on Nato integration, Nato suspends cooperation with Russia; Kremlin says JPMorgan blocked embassy transfer; Kiselyov berates U.S. on television; Gazprom hikes Ukraine prices; pipeline to Crimea; government seeking to increase punishments for public gathering; VKontakte founder steps down. […]

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Thailand: The Plot Against Democracy


The purpose of the document is alert the international community to the grave risks faced by Thai citizens who may be subjected to an unlawful coup and removal of the elected prime minister. There are serious concerns of a repeat – or worse – of the 2010 massacres of protesters if another coup takes place, robbing tens of millions of people of their right to vote.

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Bo’s No-Show Trial


The recently concluded trial of former top party official Bo Xilai has offered us a unique glimpse inside the little-understood world of Chinese power politics.

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The Fog of War

For several days now we’ve been inundated with reports on whether or not Syria used chemical weapons on its own people, and if so, did such an order come down from the top or was it the actions of rogue officer? Caught this bit in a Foreign Policy piece on the interception of phone calls […]

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IPU Issues Historic Resolution on Thailand


Nearly three years after more than 90 pro-democracy protesters were killed by government forces on the streets of Bangkok, Thai Member of Parliament Jatuporn Prompran scored a major victory before a multilateral institution, shedding light on pervasive injustices in the country’s political system.

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Washington’s Asia Contradiction

In diplomacy, the rhetoric of good intentions often becomes burdensome, especially when the desired outcomes are opposite.  Such is the case with Washington’s Asia Pivot strategy. From The Diplomat:  If Washington isn’t comfortable with a more powerful China demanding a greater say over Asian security issues, making China wealthier by trading with it doesn’t make […]

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The 2013 Resource Nationalism Checklist

The list is our attempt to respond to what we see as a relatively underdeveloped marketplace of ideas when it comes to scenario planning for expropriation, unfair regulatory intervention, nationalizations, and resource nationalism events that have an impact on foreign investors in emerging markets.

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The Unreasonable Expectations of Democracy

There’s a few interesting comments on Arab Spring pessimism on the interwebs today. Here, writing in Foreign Affairs (stifle that yawn), Sheri Berman makes some interesting historical comparisons of political transformations, and points toward the unreasonable expectations many critics have placed on the world’s most recent democracy newborns. In addition to blaming new democratic regimes […]

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Former Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva Charged with Murder

Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjaj

Thai authorities charged former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday with giving orders to use live ammunition that led to civilian deaths during a military crackdown on an anti-government protest in May 2010. A successful conviction would mean the first time in Thailand’s history that someone was held accountable for a massacre.

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