For decades, Burma was distinguished for its ruling junta’s imprisonment and torture of political dissidents, execution of protesters, violent campaigns against ethnic minorities, and other abuses that made the country a byword for bloody dictatorship. Today, after little more than a year of democratic reform, the dominant description of Burma has changed in many circles...
A few hours’ drive from the white-sand beaches of Phuket, a deadly insurgency is terrorizing Thailand’s south. The separatist movement, made up of mostly ethnic-Malay Muslims, roils the region with daily threats of sectarian violence and has prompted many Buddhist villagers, and even some monks, to take up arms in self-defense.
The documentary film Burma Soldier examines the question of what drives an otherwise ordinary person to join up with a brutal institution—and what gives him the courage to risk his life and change course.
“Weapons are not powerful—powerful are those who have strong ideas and humanity,” says Budha. But, ultimately, it is as much their weapons as their populist ideology that makes the Maoists potent.
Rewind a decade, and disgraced British glam rocker Gary Glitter led a cast of foreign pedophiles whose presence in Cambodia made it infamous as a refuge for child-sex offenders. A campaign has made strides in fighting Western -- but not local -- offenders.