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Airport Asylum Seekers Find Freedom – Southeast Asia Dispatches

BANGKOK – In the past year Southeast Asia provided temporary shelter to two asylum seekers from the Middle East fleeing persecution. Hassan Alkontar and Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun plead for asylum from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok airports. They were resettled to Canada.

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Weaponising the Internet in Thailand

BANGKOK – Thailand’s ruling regime, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), looks ready to set aside its whistle and zebra stripes amid chatter that the country is about to take tentative steps towards limited democracy, with an election

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Bangkok Street Food Clearance Campaign – Southeast Asia Dispatches

BANGKOK – Some argue that Bangkok’s charm is in its bustling streets and abundance of cheap Thai food. But the authorities want to change that. Street food is rapidly disappearing in the Thai capital. Sidewalks are being cleared of food

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Thailand’s Underground Hip Hop – Southeast Asia Dispatches

BANGKOK – Last Monday, a Thai hip hop collective released Rap Against Dictatorship, a new song and video critical of the country’s military rulers. The artists may be summonsed and charged for uploading the video to Youtube if the police find

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Thai street food sellers battle Bangkok’s clearance campaign

City officials want to prioritise pedestrians and complain about hygiene but traders want to protect famed tourist spot. Bangkok, Thailand – Every evening Bangkok’s Khaosan Road comes alive as bars open, blaring music to tourists and Thais on the hunt

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Bangkok Says Goodbye to Cheap Pad Thai – CBC The World this Weekend

BANGKOK – The Queen of Thai street food, Bangkok’s Jay Fai, was awarded a Michelin star last year. But for the rest of the city’s hawkers, they may be forced out of work in a push by the Bangkok Metropolitan

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Thailand: No Internet Freedom with new Computer Crime Act

BANGKOK, Thailand – The sound of cicadas spread as the sun sets in the northeastern city of Khon Kaen. Payu Boonsophon, 23, stares down at his smart phone. He hesitates before beginning to type a message on Facebook. He knows

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