does the term “neutrality” apply in a political context
where the parties are in conflict and the way out suggested
by some is the appointment a neutral prime minister?
week’s essay explores the range of meanings for neutrality
in Thai politics. Also, another issue lies just below
the surface: How to constrain state actors in a culture
saw a screening of the Oscar nominated documentary The
Act of Killing, (you can watch an authorized copy of the
movie for free on YouTube
a 2.4 hour film five years in the making. Local thugs
who participated in the slaughter of ethnic Chinese as
“communists” in 1965 raised many issues about the culture
of impunity that operates throughout Southeast Asia.
many ways, the film is the story of Anwar Congo, and his
friends, who re-create and re-live the events of 50 years
ago when they killed Chinese up close and personal, one
at a time. No one has been brought to justice for that
genocide. Up to one million people were killed during
those of you in Thailand with a Kindle account, you can
now download inexpensive ($3.99) copies of Asia Hand
and The Risk of Infidelity Index.