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PHILIPPINES: Pope Francis, Freedom Fighter

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – The Sony Pictures hacking scandal and the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France have fueled a global dialogue on free speech. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, addressed the subject during an impromptu press conference on a Sri Lankan aircraft en route to Manila on January 15. The Pope condemned the acts […]

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IRAN: Give Tweets a Chance

NICK ARMER WRITES – Though the election of President Hassan Rouhani came with the hope of a more moderate Iranian government, the result has been quite the opposite. The Iranian authorities have brought forth tighter controls on the media and strict punishments for those bold enough to voice controversial beliefs. With print and television media […]

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VIETNAM: A Step in the Right Direction for Social Media Freedom

YVONNE EPPS WRITES— Today’s current generation would find it hard to imagine life without social media. If that’s hard to do, it’s difficult to imagine how Vietnam is getting by without embracing the advancements of the modern era for so long…until now. According to TuoiTreNews, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated that authorities must provide […]

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INDIA: Drugs = Darkness, Destruction, and Devastation

ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES– Leaning towards All India Radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stresses to India’s youth on the issue of drug use. PM Modi wants to start a movement that is intended for a #DrugFreeIndia through the means of social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even the national radio. This is a […]

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AUSTRALIA: Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

AMBER VERNETTI WRITES- This week Australia celebrated 2015’s Australia Day, a national holiday which commemorates the 1788 arrival of British ships at Port Jackson in New South Wales and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain under Governor Arthur Phillip. In celebration of this day, awards and appointments to the Order of Australia, an […]

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LONDON: AND THE NEW EDITOR IS … A LADY!

It may be hard for many to believe, but The Economist – surely the world’s highest quality political English language weekly – has a new editor in chief who’s a she! The Economist Group has announced Zanny Minton Beddoes as the 17th editor of The Economist., succeeding John Micklethwait, the editor for the past nine […]

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PARIS: ‘ALL IS FORGIVEN’

The following is courtesy of  the  provocative and informative online magazine SLATE: Here is the cover of this week’s issue of Charlie Hebdo as depicted in Libération, the newspaper that has given Hebdo’s staff use of its offices. “I am Charlie,” goofy cartoon Mohammed’s sign reads. “All is forgiven,” the text above says. Representatives of […]

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CHINA: Cleavage Issue – New Great Divide?

Annie Lundgren Writes: TV viewers in China are using social media to criticize the government’s censorship of cleavage in the new show, “The Empress of China”. After a brief four-day suspension of the original broadcast, an edited version of the show returned with close-up shots – but only above the bust-line. The period drama, set […]

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PARIS: ‘WE ARE CHARLIE HEBDO’

OUR FOUNDER TOM PLATE WRITES IN HIS SYNDICATED COLUMN – As the editor in charge of the opinion pages of newspapers in New York and Los Angeles, what was the hardest part of my job? Dealing with annoying, demanding bosses? Calming down angry readers? Smoothing the enormous egos of neurotic writers? No, that was the […]

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AUSTRALIA: One Big G’Day at UCLA!

Our Friends from Australia and UCLA Write to Asia Media Thusly: The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) cordially invite you to attend the US-Australian Dialogue: Assessing the Future of the Asia-Pacific on Friday, 30 January, 2015 at the Grand Horizon Room, Covel Commons, UCLA Los Angeles CA. About the Dialogue: The economic […]

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POPE FRANCIS, CHINA AND THE DALAI LAMA: PEACE ON EARTH?

TOM PLATE WRITES IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST: Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, brings a much-needed freshness to the stale air of international relations. Where many nasty geopolitical arguments in world politics seem deeply encrusted, this Jesuit priest heading the Catholic Church relentlessly crusades for new approaches to old stalemates. As one looks […]

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THAILAND: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE NOIR OF BANGKOK

ASIA MEDIA WRITES – Chris Coles, the outstanding cutting-edge painter of Bangkok noir, is being honored, along with other noir artists, with an exhibit of original paintings from his NAVIGATING THE BANGKOK NOIR book. The host venue is  the artists’ hangout Check Inn 99 Bangkok (lower Sukhumvit between Soi 5 and 7, opposite the Landmark […]

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HOLLYWOOD: ATTACK OF THE NORTH KOREAN ALIENS!

TOM PLATE WRITES IN HIS SYNDICATED COLUMN – In its latest angry shout-out, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea looks to be emerging as something of a computer wonk, the teen crashing and trashing a Hollywood movie-studio’s Christmas Day launch-party plans, embarrassing its movie execs by hacking into and spamming out their private emails, and […]

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CHINA: ELITE NEWSPAPER RAISES TORTURE QUESTION

Following courtesy of Agence France-Presse: Forced confessions through torture are not rare in China, the leading English-language newspaper of China said yesterday, a rare admission by state-run media of deep-seated flaws in the justice system after a teenager executed for murder 18 years ago was cleared.   “It has not been rare for higher authorities […]

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JAPAN: WHY ROOT FOR FAILURE?

The following syndicated column by Asia Media Founder Tom Plate appeared Monday 15 Dec. in the South China Morning Post of Hong Kong: There will be little rejoicing over this weekend’s Japanese election. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remains leader of his party and his country, but who can imagine him winning a single popularity contest […]

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