Joseph Thomas

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…

Abuse of “Rights Advocacy” Continues in Thailand


Recently, Thailand-based media platform, Voice TV, faced a seven day ban after violating licencing agreements and multiple counts of misconduct. Various articles, including those published by local English-language newspaper…

Singapore Bigot Granted Asylum in US: A Taste of Things to Come


Singaporean Amos Yee fits the description of virtually every foreign-backed agitator used to target and undermine political orders worldwide as part of…

Hong Kong: Anglo-America’s Struggling Foothold in China


Prominent American propagandist Howard French recently published a lengthy editorial in the Guardian titled, “Is it too late to save Hong Kong from Beijing’s authoritarian grasp?,” in which he attempts to buttress an otherwise…

Amnesty’s Abuse of Rights Advocacy


Alleged human rights advocacy organisation, Amnesty International, has had several of its recent reports called into question regarding the very real possibility that its “advocacy” work is nothing more than politically-motivated…

Singapore’s Total Defence Policy Provides a Regional Model


Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen reiterated the importance of the city-state’s policy of Total Defence. In his statement coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the British surrender of the island to Japanese forces in 1942…

Regime Change and Continuity of Agenda: Trump Adviser Now Chairs NED


While supporters of recently elected US President Donald Trump believe steadfastly that among other things, his administration will role back what has been essentially…

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