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On Southeast Asia with Patrick Winn
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Breaking down Southeast Asia's trends, conflicts and absurdities
Breaking down Southeast Asia's trends, conflicts and absurdities

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Bangkok's first Waldorf Astoria designed to be protester proof.

If all goes to plan, the towers will rise over the intersection most associated with Thailand's modern-day protest violence: Ratchaprasong.

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As the 2012 US presidential race ramps up, President Barack Obama is already presenting Burma, Southeast Asia's pariah on the mend, as the premier example of a nation led out of the dark by America's bright moral light.

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In the eyes of a well-known Catholic "spiritual advisor" to top-tier Philippine politicians, becoming "worthy of the fires of hell" is rather easy.

You just call someone a "gago."

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In Burma, officially titled Myanmar, the creation of a new National Human Rights Commission begs the question:

Can an army-backed government really create a commission to help scrub away the stain of human rights abuses?

Even when those abuses were largely committed by the same army?

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What's pissing off Filipino dog lovers this week? A dog, in a sack, in traffic

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Ta da. Won two awards for my "Burma Rebooted" series from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in the "investigative" and "explanatory" categories.

Global Post tied Bloomberg and the Financial Times for the most awards, ahead of the Wall Street Journal and CNNMoney.

Just skip to part three for the "investigative" reporting on censors, girls, booze and hip hop.

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VIDEO: Indonesia's call-in karaoke radio.

Too broke for a karaoke outing? Croon over the airwaves for free.

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Just got back from Karen army outpost in Burma.

The world's longest-running civil war isn't ending anytime soon.

In the coming days, I'll be writing more about the potential for pushback from armed ethnic groups if Western investors rush into post-sanctions Myanmar.

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Vietnam fish farmer goes Scarface on 100-man police squad sent to seize his land.

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Here's my full account of how an opulent Bangkok neighborhood got sucked into a covert Israeli-Iranian feud now spilling over into the world's capitals.
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