The secret kidnapping of David Rohde – How did the NY Times muffle the media?

The secret kidnapping of David Rohde – How did the NY Times muffle the media?

Last week Pulitzer Prize winning and The New York Times (The Times) journalist, David Rohde escaped from seven months of Taliban captivity ‚Äì without the world ever knowing he was held hostage. Rohde, along with local reporter Tahir Ludin and their driver, Asadullah Mangal, were abducted in Logar, outside Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 10, 2008, […]

Médecins Sans Frontières protest places Hmong refugees in Thailand at risk of humanitarian crisis

Médecins Sans Frontières protest places Hmong refugees in Thailand at risk of humanitarian crisis

M√©decins Sans Fronti√®res (MSF), or Doctors without Borders as they are otherwise known, runs the risk of creating a humanitarian crisis if it goes ahead with plans to withdraw from a Hmong refugee camp in Northern Thailand in protest at the Thai governments treatment of Hmong. This warning was sounded yesterday by Yap Swee Seng, […]

US demands royalties on pandemic vaccines as thousands more fall ill with influenza A(H1N1) Mexican swine flu

US demands royalties on pandemic vaccines as thousands more fall ill with influenza A(H1N1) Mexican swine flu

An intergovernmental meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has failed to reach an agreement on sharing influenza virus research material and access to vaccines, with the US placing profits ahead of the threat of wide-scale, world-wide deaths from the current influenza A(H1N1), or Mexican swine flu, pandemic. The impasse occurred despite a warning by […]

"Sadistic" Malaysian employer Yim Pek Ha sentenced to 18-years jail for abusing maid: Released on bail

"Sadistic" Malaysian employer Yim Pek Ha sentenced to 18-years jail for abusing maid: Released on bail

In August 2007 I wrote Death of maid in Malaysia highlights endemic foreign worker abuse which chronicled the widespread abuse of domestic foreign workers (commonly referred to as maids) by Malaysian employers. Death of maid in Malaysia highlights endemic foreign worker abuse focused on the murder of 24-year-old Indonesian domestic worker Kunarsih, who used just […]

Thailand political crisis worsens – further bloodshed forecast

Thailand political crisis worsens – further bloodshed forecast

Thailand‚Äôs long running political crisis appears to be worsening with the question no longer being whether the military will step in and oust the government of embattled Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat with a coup d‚Äôetat but when. In the wake of the bloody October 7 confrontation between police and “anti-government”Thailand People‚Äôs Alliance for Democracy (PAD) […]

Pakistani receives life sentence for murdering Thai: Australian gets four years for killing American

Pakistani receives life sentence for murdering Thai: Australian gets four years for killing American

Just two days after the Chiang Mai Provincial Court handed down a four year sentence to 61-year-old Australian William Thomas Douglas for the March 2008 murder of American tourist Gary Bruce Poretsky, Thailand’s Court of Appeal was affirming a life sentence for a Pakistani man convicted for murdering a Thai woman in 2006. Mohammad Arif […]

Family of murdered American tourist call for Thailand travel boycott (Updated June 14, 2010)

Family of murdered American tourist call for Thailand travel boycott (Updated June 14, 2010)

This story was updated at 23:25 April 19, 2011 Additional material in red text The family of an American tourist murdered in the popular Northern Thailand tourist destination of Chiang Mai have reacted angrily to Monday‚Äôs provincial court ruling that means his killer will serve less than three years in jail and called on Americans […]

Government porn filter poses greater risks

The Federal Governments plan to force all internet service providers (ISPs) to filter online pornography and violent content will see Australian’s access to the internet controlled in the same manner as users in China, Burma, Vietnam, North Korea and Saudi Arabia experience. Under the plan the Australian Communications and Media Authority will prepare a blacklist of unsuitable sites and all ISPs will be required to block access to these sites by internet services provided to households and schools.