Joseph Thomas

Fact Check: Updating Cold War Myths About Thailand


Many honest, busy analysts outside established media circles in the United States and Europe are plagued by mythologies stemming from once pseudo-truths they simply lack the time or energy to dig into and finally correct. Among…

Cambodia’s US-Backed Opposition Leader Charged With Treason


US and European media decried in unison the arrest of Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodian opposition party, Cambodia National Rescue. Sokha is charged with treason amid an alleged plot to overthrow…

Thailand’s Ousted PM Flees Abroad: The Rest of the Story


Shortly before ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was to face a court ruling for her failed populist rice subsidy scheme, she reportedly fled the country, joining her likewise fugitive brother Thaksin Shinawatra in…

Cambodia Exposes, Expels US Network


The government of Cambodia has exposed and expelled a US network attempting to interfere in the nation’s political processes. The US National Democratic Institute (NDI) was reportedly ordered to end its activities in the country…

US Wages Cyberwar Abroad Under Cover of “Activism”


The threat of cyberterrorism has competed for centre stage in American politics with fears of “Russian hackers” disrupting everything from elections to electrical grids. And yet as US policymakers…

US Regime Change: Who are Thailand’s “Activists”


AFP recently published an article regarding Thailand’s ongoing political conflict, portraying a so-called “student activist” the recent victim of what it calls, “increased ferocity under Thailand’s military rulers.” The article…

US Meddles Abroad, Accuses Others of Meddling at Home


The latest round of sanctions levelled by the United States government against Russia are predicated on allegations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 US presidential elections. Alleged interference includes leaking e-mails…

Trump’s ASEAN Policy Isn’t “Confused,” It’s a Continuation of Decades of Coercion


In an effort to reinforce public perception that policy changes when a new administration assumes the White House, US and European analysts have made several attempts to push forward narratives describing US President…

Thai-Russian Cooperation Seeks Thai Alternatives to Facebook, Google


Russian and Thai telecom interests have begun preliminary discussions toward creating local alternatives to social network and Internet search giants Facebook and Google in Thailand. The move, if successful, would represent…

Islamic State in Asia: Saudi-Funding and Naive Policymakers Endanger Region


Recently, terrorist attacks have unfolded across Indonesia, a militant network disrupted along the Thai-Malaysian border and full-scale military operations including aerial bombing deployed as Philippine troops fought to take back…

Fake News: Asia’s “Autocrats” Vs Asia’s Autocrats


Mounting evidence suggests media outlets across the United States and Europe are selectively labelling leaders from around the world as “autocrats,” “despots” and “dictators” based not on their actual human rights records…

Myanmar Dodges Human Rights Bullet With US-EU Help


Myanmar appears poised to escape international scrutiny of its vast and expanding human rights abuses targeting its Rohingya minority. US State Department-funded media platform, The Irrawaddy, would report in an article titled…

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