FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — This week, Brunei made waves across Southeast Asia when Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced that he would move his nation towards implementing Islamic Sharia law into its national penal code. The Sultan has ruled Brunei since 1967 and possesses absolute executive authority as head of state. While Sharia had previously existed in Brunei in the form of an Islamic court, its role was mainly restricted to dealing with family law and disputes.
AsiaWATCH — When hijackers crashed into the World Trade Center, their primary hope was to inspire a global jihad. Luke Hunt reports. Under Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organisation Muslims were expected to rise […]
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Few countries are as divided over politics as Thailand. On the streets of Bangkok, the confrontation between Red and Yellow shirts always seems close to the breaking-point, with the struggle so […]