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…

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…