FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — African immigrants stuck in a disabled boat signal for aid in a busy Mediterranean shipping channel. Western warships enforcing NATO’s than-arms embargo against Libya pass by the disabled vessel, but none see fit to respond to the distress call—nor do Italy or Malta, both located close enough to help. Passing fishing vessels are similarly indifferent. A helicopter buzzes the boat twice, dropping some biscuits and water, but no vessels followed. Faine Greenwood writes for UN Dispatch.
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — It didn’t take long. The ink on the refugee swap deal between Australia and Malaysia was barely dry before the first batch of boat people was re-directed to camps in Kuala […]
There are strong fears among ethnic groups in particular that the junta’s exercise in participatory democracy is nothing but a sham, Luke Hunt reports for Spectrum in Bangkok. Hardest hit is the country’s Muslim population, […]
Nobel Laureate and pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi says the people of Burma are closely following events in the Middle East, where largely peaceful protests have forced governments out of office in Tunisia and […]