Sciantarelli, P. (2006) Resolving the People's War in Nepal: A Discussion of Obstacles to Political Integration

Between February 2005 and September 2006, Nepal incurred the most eventful bout of political happenings in the country’s recent history. The totalitarian takeover by King Gyanendra resulted in a mass people's movement numbering in the millions along with the emergence of the Communist Party Nepal-Maoists from a ten-year underground existence. This paper uses Classical Marxist Theory to show the plausibility of a Maoist-affiliated party participating in mainstream politics.

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Osolnick, J. (2006) The Thai Labour Unions: Identifying Internal Constraints to Effective Representation of Members' Interests in the Workplace and in Society

Workers around the globe seem to share the same constant up-hill struggle for dignity, justice, fairness and a decent way of life. Trade unions have been and continue to be the pivotal institution for working class people to advance their struggle for themselves, their families, and their communities. The past few decades have borne witness to ever-greater challenges to workers and their unions by those who believe they benefit from limiting the power and effectiveness of unions. Consequently, unions all over the world, including in America and Thailand, have faced setbacks in recent decades.

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Smedley, B. (2006) Do American Newspapers Represent Democratic Values: The Case of Southern Border Provinces in Thailand

This dissertation focuses on the issue of media representations of reality, and analyzes the case of violence in Southern Thailand as an example of the manner in which the American media may be misrepresenting reality in its portrayal of global political events. The critical and other empirical reference sources used have been referenced and analyzed to create a theoretical framework within which to understand the media's response to the insurgency in Thailand. The study presents an overview of media effects and other theories to form the analytical framework, with special focus on theories referring to the anthoritarian, the libertarian, and the social construction of reality.

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Latt, P. (2006) The Politics of Humanitarian Aid: A Study of European Union's Humanitarian Assistance Policy and Strategy to Myanmar

Title: The Politics of Humanitarian Aid: A Study of European Union's Humanitarian Assistance Policy and Strategy to Myanmar

Author: Phyo Win Latt

Year: 2006


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The main objective of this thesis is to study the European Union's humanitarian aid policy and strategy, its positive and negative implications to Burma/Myanmar, and other issues concerning the topic. The European Union (EU) has been a major channel in providing humanitarian assistance to Burma/Myanmar. Although the EU is given the chance to deliver this initiative directly to the public, challenges and obstacles are perceived to fail its operations. In addition, this study aims to examine the EU's humanitarian assistance strategies and policies and the implications of its humanitarian assistance. The answers to the research questions are sought through primary and secondary sources of information obtained from surveys.

The studies finds out that EU does have strong economic interest in South East Asia Region and it is to be believed that by using aid as a carrot, EU can induce Burma/Myanmar to do political reform to meet the situation in which EU can accept it as democratic and good governance and do business with. And I conclude my study by pointing out the factors that shape the EU's humanitarian assistance policy and affirm that possible limitations and difficulties await and will make the donor's expectation not to meet fully.

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