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…

9-11 toys popular this Christmas

by Anthony C. LoBaido -- NEW YORK – Harry Potter witchcraft, endangered species, dinosaurs, and police and firefighter heroes all rate high on the toy list this Christmas. The entrance of one New more…