Indonesia's 50-year storm

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- NIAS, Sumatra – While Indonesia has suffered at the hands of outsiders at times during the last 50 years, it is the Islamic crackdown on the minority Christians more…

In search of the Yeti

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal – Here in the foothills of the massive Himalayas lurks the legend of the Yeti, the local version of the famed Abominable Snowman: more…

Soldiers for hire

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- KATHMANDU, Nepal – Despite previous opposition to the establishment and use of private armies, the United Kingdom and United Nations are beginning to warm to the idea of more…

Britain's Himalayan mercenaries

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- POKHARA, Nepal – Ayo Gurkhali! It is an ancient battle cry that has terrified the enemies of the British Empire from the heady days of the East India more…

Nepal's royal bloodbath

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- KATHMANDU, Nepal – About the only thing the Nepalese people agree on about the royal massacre of last June is that no one believes the official explanation. It more…

Nepal: Strategic
ally of the West

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- KATHMANDU, Nepal – In the wake of Maoist rebels killing 141 people in terrorist strikes here last weekend, this remote Himalayan kingdom is getting more attention on the more…

Muslims decry influence of Valentine's Day

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- TRAT, Thailand – Muslim and Hindu leaders in Asia are decrying the influence of Valentine's Day, hoping to stamp out any hint of the holiday's celebration by young more…

French language fades from global scene

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- BANGKOK, Thailand – While it was once considered the language of choice for international relations, French is losing adherents quickly as more and more nations opt for teaching more…

Nuclear politics in Burma

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- TAK PROVINCE, Thai-Myanmar border – Myanmar, formerly known as Burma – a name still used by many within and without the nation, is beginning to attract more attention more…

Sex-slave trade flourishes in Thailand

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- BANGKOK, Thailand – The pop music blares from the speakers situated on the steamy and seedy Patpong Road: "One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster." "Oh, more…