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    East Timor since Independence

    East Timor is commemorating the 20th anniversary of a referendum that delivered its independence but sparked widespread massacres that left 1,500 people dead and displaced about half-a-million people. here is a collection of stories from [...]
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    Cambodia’s Genocide

    PHNOM PENH — Nuon Chea, a Cambodian politician and a chief ideologue as part of the notorious Khmer Rouge, dies Sunday at age 93 after a brief stay in a Phnom Penh hotel for what was [...]
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    China Update

    Updates on China, its expansion policies and their impact. Hong Kong and the dark art of reading Xinhua Beijing haunted by nasty past, fearsome present and unlikely future Tiananmen Square: Remembering a massacre The Meddling [...]
  • Foreign Correspondence

    Podcast: John McBeth

    Veteran New Zealand journalist John McBeth has covered Southeast Asia for half a century – that included coups, a genocide and the downfall of dictators – for publications like the once revered and feared Far [...]
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    Podcast: Dominic Faulder

    Anand Panyarachun, a former prime minister of Thailand, has always preferred a quiet life, which contrasts sharply with his enormously successful career as a high profile diplomat and politician who helped shaped Thailand’s politics as [...]
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    Podcast: Liam Cochrane

    In the summer of 2018, the world was gripped by an unfolding drama when members of a football team were trapped in a cave in Thailand. The incident at the Tham Luang Nang Non cave [...]
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    Garbage Feeds Thousands

    Homeless and poverty is an increasing issue in affluent Australia. In Melbourne, considered among the world’s most liveable cities, Dumpster Diving through the bins of supermarkets to salvage what’s left is now common. By Morgan [...]
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    Hurley Scroggins: 1961-2018

    Hurley Scroggins, journalist and owner of what was the greatest little bar in Phnom Penh, passed away on October 4. Following the closure of Cantina, Michael Hayes, co-founder and former publisher of the Phnom Penh [...]
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    China in Cambodia

    Rarely have Beijing and its minions been seen in such a dreadful light. The arrival of mainland Chinese in their droves as developers, financiers, restaurateurs, boiler room operators, gamblers, construction workers and tourists is sorely [...]
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    Ricketson Pardoned

    Australian filmmaker James Ricketson has returned to Australia after his six-year sentence for spying — following a trial sharply criticized by human rights groups and politicians — was pardoned by Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni. But he [...]