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Philip J Cunningham

Media researcher

Philip J Cunningham is a media researcher covering Asian politics. He is the author of Tiananmen Moon.

Philip J Cunningham
19 Feb 2020

Time running out on Tokyo Olympics

Japan needs to rethink the Olympics. The most pressing reason to postpone or cancel the 2020 Tokyo summer games is a raging public health crisis of unknown dimensions.

19 Feb 2020 13
Time running out on Tokyo Olympics
4 Jun 2018

Remembering Tiananmen

It's unlikely much news will be made of the 29th anniversary of the day the tanks stormed into Tiananmen Square.

4 Jun 2018
Remembering Tiananmen
24 Mar 2018

China proved right over Facebook ban

In retrospect, China did the right thing by saying "no thank you" to Facebook. When gregarious internet evangelists come bearing gifts, it is probably best not to take their wares or let them in the door. Give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile -- and trample on national sovereignty, too, if profits and power are at stake.

24 Mar 2018 4
China proved right over Facebook ban
4 Dec 2017

Surin in America

Conversation was full of surprises with the ever-smiling, soft-spoken Surin, who never demanded attention but commanded it with his quiet charisma.

4 Dec 2017 4
Surin in America
26 Jan 2017

A bellicose roar

All administrations lie, but welcome to the Trump era where rudeness, in-your-face indiscretion and interchangeability of opinion and fact is the new normal.

26 Jan 2017
A bellicose roar
15 Nov 2016

Trump the listener

He succeeded with the deplorables by connecting with them, and for better or worse, a deeply divided America is on the cusp of change.

15 Nov 2016 2
Trump the listener
30 May 2016

Signs of the times

Former Thai foreign ministers, prime ministers, police, generals and scholars alike expressed dismay with the course America seems to be taking.

30 May 2016 2
Signs of the times
17 Mar 2016

Grand old man

Gen Saiyud Kerdphol, now 93, reminisces about fighting with the Japanese, how to beat communists and why the military can do coups but can't run a country.

17 Mar 2016
Grand old man
15 Dec 2015

Ajarn Ben's lens

Benedict Anderson may have seemed the stereotypical absent-minded, leftist professor, but he was a maverick and a searcher for truth.

15 Dec 2015
Ajarn Ben's lens
23 Dec 2014

Fallout of US hubris

<i>The Interview</i> movie proves America has lost its course; America has lost its compass. It's the violence, stupid, writes Philip Cunningham.

23 Dec 2014 6