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EDITORIALChina looks for trouble
04 Dec 2013 : For no discernible reason and with no feasible gain, China has decided to increase tensions in the East China Sea.
04 Dec 2013 : Financial markets and the news media have one thing in common: they tend to oscillate rapidly between hype and gloom. Nowhere is this more apparent than in analyses of emerging economies' prospects.
04 Dec 2013 : In a country where money talks, votes can be bought and people blindly follow leaders who promise the earth but deliver little, I cannot see a referendum working. Surely it too can be bought and we will be back to square one?
04 Dec 2013 : Ask any of the participants in the massive anti-government rallies about their purpose, and the answer is likely to be to get rid of something called "Thaksinocracy". When asked what it means, the answer varies, but may be roughly grouped along these five "cracies".
04 Dec 2013 : Many observers believe that a House dissolution would help avert the current political crisis. However, each proposal, though well-intended, is a problem in itself given their attached preconditions.
04 Dec 2013 : When anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said he wanted to set up a "People's Council" to reform the country, he made almost everyone scratch their heads and say, "What on earth is he talking about?"
04 Dec 2013 : The Yingluck Shinawatra government's show of restraint towards anti-government protesters has paid off as a stream of international support pours in.
04 Dec 2013 : She was an adorable little girl, confidently "teaching" the audience to speak three different languages on an evening TV show. But the way the girl, not more than five years old, was presented in that one-minute TV programme bothered me.
04 Dec 2013 : It is interesting how much we take modern technology for granted these days. We read stories of people who believe their in-car GPS units over common sense and have ended up on dead- end streets, in rivers, lakes and the sides of house _ in one case up a tree. The younger generation believe Google and Wikipedia over Grandpa, who was actually there. People create fantasy words in which they spend hours, but real-life meetings are sometimes avoided.
03 Dec 2013 : It seems self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is indirectly commanding the police operations to deal with the protesters, with the appointment of his trusted man to take charge of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo).
03 Dec 2013 : Can words save lives? In the case of Balankayan town in Eastern Samar, Philippines, the answer is yes.
03 Dec 2013 : The serial assaults on Sunday by the misnamed People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on broadcasters was a direct threat to freedom of the press. The group led and sponsored intimidating visits to all the major TV stations. Accompanied in each case by groups of supporters, PDRC leaders demanded the broadcasters cease their programmes and carry only the propaganda of Blue Sky TV, the Democrat Party's station and mouthpiece for the current anti-government movement.