Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand’s exiled former Prime Minister, likes to compare himself to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma’s pro-democracy movement.
On Nov. 13, Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi walked free from seven years of house arrest in Rangoon.
Sonthi Boonyaratglin must have armor-plated gonads.
NOTHING was beyond his desire. He wanted to be unifier and savior, uplifter of the poor at home and father of democracy in Asia.
Turkish democracy is alive and kicking.
As dawn broke over Yemen’s capital on Saturday morning, confusion over the condition of President Ali Abdullah Saleh after a mortar attack on his presidential compound convinced most Sana’a denizens to remain in their homes following a night filled with the sound of gunfire and shelling.
The Tahrir Square slogan proclaiming that “The army and the people are one hand” will seem like so much wishful thinking to many of Egypt’s youthful democracy activists now that they find themselves increasingly at odds with the transitional military government that replaced President Hosni Mubarak. This week’s crackdown on media criticism of the military as an institution is but the latest indication of a parting of ways on Egypt’s future: the military authorities called in a prominent blogger and two popular TV journalists for questioning after they criticized the military, which has continued to arrest and harass protesters amid a growing chorus of criticism over the generals’ actions.
Muammar Gaddafi’s options for a peaceful exit may have finally run out. For the second time in seven weeks, South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday failed to persuade the Libyan leader to abandon his 42-year rule
Malaysia is that rare country with an unequivocal national narrative. It goes something like this: Malaysia’s 28 million people, comprising mainly Malays, Chinese and Indians, make up a moderate and modern emerging democracy.