Amnesty International recently released a report condemning police actions in response to the December 24th protests near Bima, Indonesia. The protest came in response to recent approval of an exploration permit given to a gold mining company operating in the region.
Archive | January, 2012
Not everyone is enthralled that North Korea’s new leader is none other than Kim Jong Eun, who is reported to be all of 28. Take, for example, the views of his oldest brother, Kim Jong Nam.
There is no doubt that the recent elections in Taiwan have sparked a fire of controversy in the days following, as media personnel dispute the influence of both China and the U.S. on the election results.
According to various media accounts, Iran’s government is going to new heights to silence the political opposition that could undermine upcoming parliamentary elections in early March. This further tightening is make the Islamic Republic’s regional neighbors increasingly nervous.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has released its annual detailed report uncovering new curbs in China’s press freedom last year. The respected Sydney-based says they are increasingly worrisome, and not just for mainland journalists.
Two top Pakistani newspapers recently reported the same basic story, and it came as no shocker: Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-American business man described as being at the center of the memo (Memogate) scandal and now abroad, will not come to Pakistan to testify.
China Daily recently published a seemingly heartfelt article titled “Blaming China won’t solve US problems.” It began the piece with the consoling fact that “blaming China will not solve problems in the United States or help presidential candidates win more votes”.
The ways in which people deal with stress varies greatly. For some, a night out with friends is enough to lighten the load. However, for some, another way to handle it is to vent on the Internet. As reported by Elena Chong of The Straits Times…
While the main story featured in the Times of India on Sunday night focused on Oprah’s presence at the Jaipur Literature Festival, it was not able to overshadow the buzzing commotion that has surrounded the festival and noted writer Salman Rushdie.
After months of public criticism and a majority vote, news reporters at Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), one of South Korea’s major broadcasting firms, will suspend their work for MBC in a collective action to urge journalistic reform
China’s Ministry of Health, along with United Nation’s Program on HIV and Aids and the World Health Organization, reports a total of 28,000 people died of HIV/AIDS in China in 2011. This not-so-small number of deaths is minuscule compared to the 48,000 people in China who were reported to be newly infected by the virus, […]
THE UCLA BURKLE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, THE UCLA CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDIES, UCLA CONFUCIOUS INSTITUTE – are coming together, also on 23 February (but starting at 10 am, then to 4pm) on the legendary topic of “Nixon in China.” Distinguished speakers and participants include Richard Solomon, President of the United States Institute of Peace; […]
Is the think-works and do-good works of the immensely public-spirited Spencer Kim of a Thousand Oaks, Ca., is holding its annual award dinner 23 February at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Century City…this year they have produced yet another worthy honoree: James B. Steinberg, former national security advisor under President Bill Clinton, current Dean of the superb Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York.
It finally has happened! After all these many years, a major U.S. news organization is opening shop in North Korea. It’s the Associated Press, fittingly enough, which after months of negotiations is receiving a permit from North Korean authorities to open a media bureau in Pyongyang. According to Yonhap News Agency, an English-language news source, […]
On December 15th 2011, the Australian Supreme Court halted the Victoria Police from seizing three personal computers that belonged to investigative journalists Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar, and Nick McKenzie, all of whom work for the Australian newspaper The Age. Earlier that day, the police from Victoria’s e-crimes unit obtained a warrant to search “electronic and […]