More than a year after the Sep 19, 2006 coup d'etat in Thailand, the country is slowly picking up the pieces and is taking the long road back to democracy to heart. For former Thai foreign minister and incoming ASEAN secretary general Surin Pitsuwan, the nation is "learning from its experiences and will manage" the difficult days ahead.
While criticism continues to pour in about the death of democracy in Thailand five months after a military government took power in September 2006, former Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan says the country is on its way back to recovery after a "corrective coup".
The international community needs to speak with one voice on North Korea, which tested a nuclear device in September 2006, is to be drawn back to effective negotiations on nuclear issues, argues former Japanese deputy minister for foreign affairs Hitoshi Tanaka.
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 20 (IPS) - While widely deplored by the world community, North Korea's recent nuclear test has also prompted fresh calls for the major powers to get serious about dismantling their own weapons of mass destruction.
Amid fears of a renewed arms race in response to Pyongyang's nuclear adventure, diplomats and independent analysts say it is time for the nuclear-armed nations to fulfill their obligations toward disarmament.
By Walden Bello
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus, regarded as the father of microcredit, comes at a time when microcredit has become something like a religion to many of the powerful, rich and famous.
LONDON, Oct 5 (IPS) - Civil society is growing rapidly in China -- where the government will let it, according to a new civil society index report by the group Civicus.
Analysis by Anil Netto
PENANG, Malaysia, Sep 25 (IPS) - Can the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) be reformed or should they both be boycotted and dismantled? This is the growing debate that has been fuelled in the aftermath of the organisations' annual meetings in Singapore last week.
Both these international financial institutions attempted a 'make-over' of sorts to overcome a crisis of legitimacy, budgetary constraints and an identity crisis over their heavily criticised roles in the global economy.
By Pravit Rojanaphruk
BANGKOK - Despite the seemingly wide acceptance of the Thai public, especially the urban middle classes and old elites, of the Sep. 19 coup, there is no solid guarantee that the putsch will solve more problems than it may end up creating.
Did the coup leaders "solve" the Thaksin Shinawatra dilemma only to have created more newer problems? Can two wrongs make thing right, is a question that needs to be considered.
While it may be premature to be conclusive, the current facts speak for themselves. On Tuesday night, Thailand was transformed from a police state in the making, run by