BANGKOK, Sep 19 (IPS) - Tuesday evening was just like any muggy night, except for telltale signs that suddenly had residents of the Thai capital sitting up. Troops in camouflage, fully armed with machine guns, were fanning out across the city streets. News reports soon said tanks were taking over the Government House and that soldiers had gone into the Prime Minister's office.
By Gerald Goh
BANGKOK, Sep 20 (Asian Eye) - Less than 24 hours after a dramatic series of events involving the overthrow of caretaker Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, it was business as usual in the heart of Bangkok. Except for a lower volume of road and human traffic and the noticeable absence of many regular street vendors, life the morning
KARACHI, Pakistan, Sep 7 (Asia Water Wire) - Pools of smelly, stagnant water turn a sickly shade of green each day. Drenched, fly- infested mounds of garbage lie unattended for days, emitting
WASHINGTON, Sep 7 (IPS) - Singapore and Indonesia are moving to restrict planned activities and a conference by civil society groups
KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 5 (IPS) - One day in December 2000 the world, as he knew it, came crashing down on restaurateur Mohamed Samsudin. He was picked up by police and detained without charges for the next three years.
SINGAPORE, Sep 3 (IPS) - Threatened with arrests and canings, activists planning demonstrations at the annual meet of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB), to be held here this month, are organising a parallel event on the nearby Indonesian island of Batam. But, even in that 'free trade zone' they are going to be less than free.
Commander Anggaria Lopis, a spokesman for police in the Riau Islands province (where Batam is located) told the 'Jakarta Post' newspaper on Thursday, that permits would not be issued for holding the parallel event.
WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (IPS) - Lebanon is firmly en route to becoming the third nation in the Middle East after Iraq and the Palestinian territories to experience a devastating Washington-backed war and a massive influx of new illegitimate debt to cover reconstruction expenses, anti-debt activists say.
By Hari Satiman
Villagers of Siring in Sidoarjo, East Java, save whatever is left of their property after mud flowing from nearby Lapindo Brantas Inc drilling well flooded the village.
WASHINGTON, Aug 29 (IPS) - The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the world's largest environmental funding body, received a shot in the arm Tuesday after 32 countries agreed to contribute a whopping 3.13 billion dollars for environmental projects
KYOTO, Aug 26 (IPS) - In a world where people increasingly kill and die for their faiths, inter-religious councils (IRCs) offer the one ray of hope against the relentless spiral of violence and counter-violence, say religious leaders gathered in this ancient Japanese cultural capital.
Some 2,000 of the world's top religious heads, representing such diverse faiths as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, as well as indigenous belief systems, are participating in the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP) that got down to business on Saturday.