Dramatic intervention needed to quell Bangkok fighting – The Daily Mail/The Casual Truth/Crikey/BBC Ulster

http://www.thecasualtruth.com/story/war-violence-streets-bangkok http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/05/18/live-from-thailand-polarised-political-drama-is-a-bloody-tragedy/ BANGKOK – Three hours after a Government deadline to vacate their campsite in the middle of Bangkok’s...

Philippines votes in the shadow of gunmen – Asia Times

MANILA — By April 14, the latest date for which figures are available, 38 election candidates had been killed during the January to mid-April campaign period, according to Felix Vargas, spokesman for the government’s task force on elected government officials. The figure does not include campaign workers and candidates’ assistants who were killed. Professor Rommel C Banlaoi, the director of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR), told Asia Times Online that “cases of election related killings from the use of illegally armed groups have been recorded and to date numbers more than 100” The Maguindanao atrocity was the largest recorded mass killing of journalists in a single incident. The massacre was carried out to deter an opposition clan, the Mangudadatu family, from running in the elections against the government-backed Ampatuan clan. This case and other, less well-known clashes in the southern Philippines and elsewhere illustrate how elections raise the stakes for volatile local bigwig rivalries