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…

The king of 'Siam'

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- BANGKOK, Thailand – Amidst the national angst felt by a country thrust into economic and cultural globalization in the last two decades, Thailand – formerly known as Siam more…

Malaysian leader walks political tightrope

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- PENANG, Malaysia – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad is a maverick and enigma to friend and foe alike. He has sent political enemies such as former Deputy Prime more…

Japan reasserts influence in Southeast Asia

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- BANGKOK, Thailand – Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is celebrating his 60th birthday – the "kanreki," or start of his "second life" – with a maverick tour of more…

Afghan war lifts
Burma's opium trade

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- BANGKOK, Thailand – While the war in Afghanistan has severely curtailed the world opium supply, the poppy fields of Burma have been reinvigorated to fill the gap. The more…

Mideast water:
'Oil' of the 21st century

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- LARNACUS, Cyprus – With its near monopoly on the mighty Nile River, Egypt, a major resource power broker in the Middle East, is preparing to share the waterway's more…

Harry Wu slams U.S.-China trade policy

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- Just as President George W. Bush gave final approval for granting permanent normal trade status to communist China, Harry Wu, perhaps the world's leading human rights dissident, strongly more…

Child-rape epidemic
in South Africa

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- A bizarre belief among many African black men that sex with a virgin -- even a child or baby -- can cure HIV/AIDS is fueling what is already more…