Author: James Royce

AUSTRALIA: The High Price of Cheap Labor

JAMES ROYCE WRITES — A bad day of surfing might be better than a good day of working, but Australian surf wear brand Rip Curl is experiencing neither of these pleasures after admitting to using factories in North Korea, where work conditions are reminiscent of slave labor, to create the company’s 2015 winter apparel line. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, workers at a Taedonggang clothing factory near Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, were photographed in July 2015 making the iconic company’s garments, later shipping the clothes to retail outlets around the world with a “Made in China” label. North...

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AUSTRALIA: Big Brewhaha Over Foster’s Beer

JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Cracking open a cold one is a beloved tradition down under, but one U.S. man is calling into question the Aussie integrity of Foster’s lager. Leif Nelson, a self-proclaimed New York City beer aficionado, has filed a lawsuit against Miller Brewing Co. in U.S. District Court. Nelson claims that the company’s advertising for Foster’s misleads consumers into believing the beer is actually brewed in Australia. Several companies own marketing rights to Foster’s, including Heineken International in Europe, and SABMiller in India and the U.S.. But the actual brewing operations were moved to MillerCoors’ Fort Worth,...

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AUSTRALIA: To Find Asia’s Newest Tech Hub, Just Look Down Under

JAMES ROYCE WRITES – Cities like Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul have long fought to attract technology funders, firms and talent. But there’s a new kid on the block, and it woos with an Aussie accent. Melbourne, Australia used to be internationally recognized solely for being the most ‘livable’ city in the world. However, it is now being identified by tech companies as the most ‘workable’ city in the world as well. Benefiting not only from a well-organized government, but also a greater supply of industrial land, cheaper development and construction costs, lower office and factory rent, less traffic and...

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AUSTRALIA: Online Piracy Starting to Feel the “Netflix Effect”

JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Piracy rates in Australia have dropped in recent months, and the introduction of Netflix this March might be the culprit.   The video streaming giant sees itself as a key competitor to the many pirate sites and services that offer video content illegally around the world. By providing cheap, reliable and legal video streaming services, they have become wildly popular in countries where it is offered. In recent years, the company revealed that it has seen a consistent piracy drop in many countries after launch — and this effect now appears to be hitting Australia. Choice,...

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AUSTRALIA: Greste Prepares for “Left Off”…of Pardon List

JAMES ROYCE WRITES – Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste may have been freed from Egyptian prison last February, but his name was not present on a list of 100 pardons released by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi earlier this week. The decision made by President Sisi came a day before he was to head to New York for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Greste, along with fellow Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy, was arrested in December 2013 by Egyptian state authorities. Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to 7 years jail time,...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the influential Pacific Century Institute.

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