Giles Ji Ungpakorn

New Philippines president is a gangster

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The election of Davao City “warlord” and gangster Rodrigo Duterte as president of the Philippines last month raises many questions. The man has a history of human rights abuses in ordering the extra-judicial killings of thousands of petty criminals. Some of those were children. His death squads were made up of police, hired gunmen and ex Communist Party fighters.

Singapore: death of a tyrant

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Lee Kuan Yew was a repressive and corrupt leader of Singapore. His death on 23 March will not be mourned by those who crave democracy and social justice.

Lee came to power by courting the British and offering them an anti-communist alternative at a time when the left was very influential in the labour movement and society in general. He used the mass base of non-communist socialist organisations to win his first election and then turned on them and destroyed and repressed the entire left.

Thailand's class revolt against royalist elites

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There is little difficulty choosing sides in the current class war being conducted in Thailand.

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On one side we have the Red Shirts, the poor: workers and small farmers from Bangkok and the provinces who are demanding a return to democracy. They want immediate elections and they proudly call themselves "serfs" in the battle against the elites.

Thailand: A Confused Response to Corruption

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In the past few weeks over 100,000 people have demonstrated in the Thai capital Bangkok and in other provincial cities calling for the resignation of the prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.

The issue which unites this opposition is disgust at Thaksin's vast wealth, and the fact that he is part of a system of "money politics" in Thailand. Thaksin recently sold his shares in the Shin Corporation, a vast telecoms company, for 70 billion baht (over a billion pounds) - and he did not pay a single baht in tax. This may not be illegal but many people here see corruption as a moral issue, rather than legal one.

Thailand: Muslims Treated 'Like Cattle'

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At least 80 Muslims were massacred by the Thai authorities on 25 October.

Those killed were part of a 1,000 strong demonstration in the southern province of Naratiwart who had assembled to demand the release of those arrested on charges of stealing weapons from an army camp earlier this year.

It is widely believed that those in custody are innocent. After their arrest they were systematically tortured into giving 'confessions'. A leading Muslim defence lawyer was about to expose this torture and also many 'disappearances' of southern Muslims at the hand of the Thai police, when he himself was abducted and murdered by police.

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