Lennox Samuels is a writer and editor based in Bangkok, and a Daily Beast contributor. He is a former senior editor and foreign correspondent for Newsweek and the Dallas Morning News, has reported from numerous countries, and covered conflicts in Iraq and Somalia, among others.

Christians in the Crosshairs

Sometimes it’s hard to separate political cynicism from religious fanaticism—and often the two work together. So it is with Ahok’s ‘blasphemy’ trial in Indonesia.


Philippine President Duterte says he’s severing ties to Washington, and ready to be dependent on Beijing—which won’t be criticizing his increasingly bloody rule.

Thai Atrocity

There is no question the bombing in the heart of the Thai capital was meant to sow fear. But there are many questions about who was behind it.


Obama confidant Mark Lippert was left bloodied after a Korean man shouting about reunification attacked him with a 10-inch blade Thursday at a breakfast meeting in Seoul.