Current Affairs

War on Myanmar’s women

With the constitution relegating women to second-class citizens and the national army increasingly employing sexualised violence as a weapon of subjugation, Myanmar is still very much a military man’s world


“We will not allow Lady Gaga’s feet to touch our soil. She’s bringing the faith of Satan to our country and will thus destroy the nation’s morals”

Habib Salim Alatas, the Islam Defenders Front Jakarta branch chief told the Jakarta Post that Lady Gaga is not welcome in Indonesia. Her concert this month has been cancelled after the national police refused to issue a permit allowing her performance. It is reported more than 50,000 tickets, totalling nearly $2.5m, were sold for the


“Let’s hurry home and follow the earthquake news. And don’t forget to order your favourite KFC menu”

KFC Thailand gets itself into hot water after posting this Facebook message urging people to hotfoot it back home during a tsunami scare and order a bucket of fried chicken. After being denounced by the online community, the company removed the message the next day, replacing it with a grovelling apology. Last monthís earthquakes brought


A system stonewalled

Political meddling may topple the Khmer Rouge tribunal – an outcome that would suit the government just fine


Northern rights

With reforms spreading hope across much of the country, the future is less auspicious for isolated Kachin State


Grappling with graft

While the government is keen to tackle endemic corruption on paper, lifting its people out of poverty could be the quickest way to clean up the country