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PHILIPPINES: A Picture Worth a Thousand Shares

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – In late June, nine-year-old Daniel Cabrera couldn’t find a light bulb to study under, but now, the inspirational Filipino boy certainly has a bright future ahead of him. On June 23rd, a college student by the name of Joyce Torrefranca found Cabrera studying on the sidewalk next to the food […]

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NORTH KOREA: Pesticide Plant or Weapons Warehouse?

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Last month, a “biological weapons expert” known only as Lee allegedly defected from his native North Korea to Finland. Yonhap News states that he “held a data storage device with 15 gigabytes of information on human experiments” which may prove the existence of North Korea’s alleged human experimentation programs. However, nobody […]

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QATAR: Playing Great Offense in the Media

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- Qatar is going on the offensive in the media game. The country wants the world to know that it is keeping the World Cup and is looking to start a rebranding effort. A Washington Post blog item published in May reported that 1,200 migrant workers had died on World Cup constructions sites. […]

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UAE: Bringing the Fight to Social Media

ALESSANDRA DALY JOHNSON WRITES – A new social media war has begun. On July 8, the United States and United Arab Emirates announced the launch of an information warfare center to combat the ‘slick’ social media presence of the Islamic State (known also as IS or Daesh). In a press release from the US government, […]

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VIETNAM: ‘Don’t Leave Us Alone’!

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES: The recent ice-breaking visit of the top Communist Party official of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Washington triggered a worldwide media flurry of so-called ‘expert’ commentary. Nguyen Phu Trong was the first general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party to visit the United States and the White House, and was […]

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NORTH KOREA: Kumdang-2 Cures Everything That Ails Ya

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Is impotence keeping you down? Tired of having bad skin? Suffering from cancer, Ebola, AIDS, MERS, or almost any other scary, life-threatening disease? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and are able to visit North Korea, you may want to ask your physician about Kumdang-2. Kumdang-2 is a […]

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JAPAN: A Vote With a Porpoise

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Zoos and aquariums have seemingly always been under fire by animal rights activists and others who believe that putting animals on display is cruel.  To help ease tensions, the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) voted to stay part of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) on May […]

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NORTH KOREA: The Fire They Don’t Want You to Know About

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES– If a hotel in Pyongyang catches fire and the media doesn’t mention it, does it still burn? Of course it does! Last Thursday, the Koryo Hotel, one of the tallest and best-known buildings in North Korea’s capital, caught fire. In a city populated by approximately 3.2 million people, you would expect to […]

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K-POP KORNER: Big Bang Banned

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) announced that it has banned top K-Pop group, Big Bang, from appearing on its weekly music show, Inkigayo.   It has been reported that the staff of Inkigayo had made the decision to ban the five member band when two of its members, G-Dragon (GD) and TOP, […]

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PHILIPPINES: Hackers Tip Black Hat to Aquino

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – Political disputes used to be settled with swords and guns, but in the Information Age, the cyber world is the new battlefield of choice. A hacker group known as Global Security seized control of the website of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on June 12, coinciding with […]

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Asia Media Writes: The South China Morning Post, one of Asia’s premier daily newspapers, is offering readers a new regularly appearing column on China. But, surprisingly, the fortnightly ‘Insight’ essay comes from the mind and pen not of a Mainland or even Asia-based commentator but from Professor Tom Plate, founder and editor in chief of […]

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COSPLAY: Spectrum of Colors

YVONNE EPPS WRITES- Summer is the season of sun, fun, and numerous nerd conventions throughout Southern California. These are notorious for attendees that cosplay, and I’m no exception. But as I prepare for Anime Expo 2015, the largest anime convention in North America, I can’t help but lament certain aspects. Cosplay is the act of constructing […]

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JAPAN: Committing Journalistic Seppuku

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – In a piece from The Japan Times, Columbia University’s Gerald Curtis states that, “the [Japanese] government doesn’t have to muzzle the press if the press takes it upon itself to do the muzzling.”  Shigeaki Koga, an ex-bureaucrat at Japan’s Ministry of the Economy, wants to tear off this media muzzle and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: When Marnie Was There

ROBERT DYLAN FIELDS WRITES- Many of us in our early teenage years have to cope with self-doubt and struggle with our sense of self-worth. We may sometimes feel isolated from our peers and have difficulty bonding with other people. For some, this struggle can be much more severe, leading many to live as loners. Sometimes […]

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