Southeast Asia

Arts, Culture & Media

Photographer Catherine Karnow captures a changing Vietnam

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, the Art Vietnam Gallery in Hanoi is showing “Vietnam: 25 Years of Documenting a Changing Country,” a photo exhibition of National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow’s lifelong work in that country. In his introduction to the exhibition, Andrew Lam writes that the photographs capture a country that has many versions of itself.

Criticizing the king in Thailand

It's against the law in Thailand to criticize the King; Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Giles Ungpakorn, professor of political science in Bangkok, who's fallen afoul of that law.

Politics

Protests in Thailand

While anti-government protesters in southern Thailand complain about the current government's ties to the maligned ex-premier Thaksin Sinawatra, people in the North sing his praises. Reporter Rebecca Henschke speaks with Thaksin lovers in his home town.

Solving the problem of piracy

Until a few years ago the Strait of Malacca, an important global shipping lane between Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, was considered to be the most dangerous sea lane in the world. Pirate attacks were commonplace there. But in recent years, there's been a decline in piracy incidents there. Now waters off of Somalia are considered the most dangerous. Jocelyn Ford went to Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, once known as a hotbed for pirates, to find out what changed.

Protests escalate in Thailand

In Thailand, there were clashes today between government forces and protesters in Bangkok. The Thai government has vowed to use "every means necessary" to end the chaos. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Bangkok.

Politics

Indonesia death toll rises

At least 1,100 people have died in the earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, UN humanitarian chief John Holmes has said. Marco Werman gets the latest from Amelia Merrick with the aid group World Vision.