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The army in Indonesia: A special force | The Economist

A military trial underscores how much further the army needs to change IT WAS certainly a brazen attack. Soon after midnight on March 23rd eight members of Indonesia’s special forces, wearing black masks and brandishing AK-47s, forced their way into Cebongan prison in southern Java. One of them, a sergeant, …

Former Cambodian official convicted in absentia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A former Cambodian governor was convicted in absentia Tuesday of shooting and wounding three garment workers and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, an outcome that rights groups say highlights the impunity of the country’s political elite. Chhouk Bandith, former governor of Bavet town …

Venezuela’s election aftermath: Cry havoc | The Economist

As political and economic crises deepen, the army waits in the wings WITH a narrow and disputed election victory last month and an accelerating economic crisis, the man who succeeded Hugo Chávez as Venezuela’s president got off to an inauspicious start. Now Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to establish authority are making …