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James Massola is south-east Asia correspondent, based in Jakarta. He was previously chief political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based in Canberra. He has been a Walkley and Quills finalist on three occasions.

Why Australians should care about politics in the Land of Smiles
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Why Australians should care about politics in the Land of Smiles

Thailand's election – its first in nearly eight years, held on Sunday and which has produced no clear result – matters enormously for Australia, and for the region.

  • by James Massola

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Questions about Thai poll result as Prayut poised to hang on as PM

Questions about Thai poll result as Prayut poised to hang on as PM

The stunning result for military junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha has led to questions being asked about the credibility of the Thai election.

  • by James Massola
Thai voters back former military ruler in shock election result

Thai voters back former military ruler in shock election result

Analysts suggested Thailand's military ruler Prayut Chan-o-cha was headed for a narrow victory – at best. Instead, voters backed the former general en masse.

  • by James Massola and Veena Thoopkrajae
Thais embrace return to democracy, but weeks of uncertainty ahead

Thais embrace return to democracy, but weeks of uncertainty ahead

Junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha is in the box seat to hang on to power, but millions of Thais are voting in Sunday's election - and the result is by no means certain.

  • by James Massola and Veena Thoopkrajae
Whoever wins, post-election instability looms in Thailand

Whoever wins, post-election instability looms in Thailand

After years of military rule, Thais will vote for a new government on Sunday. But further instability seems like the most likely outcome.

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'It's not about being famous': Meet Thailand's first transgender PM candidate

'It's not about being famous': Meet Thailand's first transgender PM candidate

Pinit Ngarmpring had a long, successful career in journalism, business and football. A few years ago, she became Pauline Ngarmpring. And now she wants to be prime minister.

  • by James Massola and Veena Thoopkrajae
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Russians eye Indonesia for information security expansion

Russians eye Indonesia for information security expansion

The company is run by Natalia Kaspersky, the wife and business partner of Igor Ashmanov, considered a key thinker behind Russia’s information security doctrine.

  • by Chris Zappone and James Massola
Courting the hardliners, counting the votes in Indonesia's crucial poll

Courting the hardliners, counting the votes in Indonesia's crucial poll

Political Islam is playing a growing role in the 2019 presidential election campaign, and neither candidate can resist trying to appeal to conservative views.

  • by James Massola and Karuni Rompies
Hakeem al-Araibi will become an Australian citizen next Tuesday
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Hakeem al-Araibi will become an Australian citizen next Tuesday

The refugee Bahraini footballer who spent 76 days in a Thai jail will finally adopt Australia as his home in a ceremony next week.

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Australian G8 universities eye Indonesian expansion after trade deal
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Australian G8 universities eye Indonesian expansion after trade deal

The Indonesia-Australia free trade deal will help farmers in the short term, but Australian universities could be the big winners in the longer term.

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Unis, healthcare big winners in Indonesia-Australia trade deal
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Unis, healthcare big winners in Indonesia-Australia trade deal

Australian farmers will benefit from the trade pact in the short term. But it's a much bigger deal for universities and healthcare in the longer term.

  • by James Massola