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Roy Harper interviewed at Noir on the Radio

“Being an outlaw is about freedom, it sets you loose from the boundaries of society, the boundaries of law, and the things that hold you back. The limits of where you can and can’t go and what you can and can’t do. If you have no boundaries there, then that’s the freedom that it gives […]

Democracy in Southeast Asia – A Story Untold

I was recently commissioned by a Thai English language magazine to write a short satirical piece abut Democracy in SE Asia.  After much back and forth, the publication decided not to go ahead with the article, apparently due to the current political climate in Thailand. In the West – by which I generally mean the […]

Thailand: Murder in the Land of Smiles in The Diplomat

The country’s tourism sector is taking a hit following a high-profile murder case and a bungled police response. My report in last week’s The Diplomat.

The Life of the Others – Thailand’s Minorities Under Threat

Thailand’s minorities are having a hard time, not least because of the nefarious activities of powerful and ruthless missionaries. The original story this feature is based on was published in German and ran to 2.500 words. This is a seriously cut edit. The German article on the same subject was published in MERIAN and Spiegel […]

Andaman minority turned into tourist circus for rich Indians! Again.

British newspaper The Guardian reports that the Jarawa, a tribe of Andaman Islanders who number just a few hundred, have been coerced by Indian police to dance naked for tourist ‘safaris’. Unfortunately, this has been going on for many, many years. When I visited the Andamans in 1997 and 2000, Indian VIPs, speak politicians and […]

Documentary Who Killed Chea Vichea out on DVD!

Who Killed Chae Vichea is now available as a DVD in The US. This gripping 55 minute feature is a roller-coaster investigative journey into a tragic political killing and by extension, a story about a country ruled by impunity. And just to prove that a film maker’s work can still have an impact on governments […]

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