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LMU: MEET ASIA GENDER POLITICS EXPERT TODAY!

Dr. Nimmi Gowrinathan,Ph.D UCLA, will discuss the gender factor in analyzing the new and dynamic dimensions of power politics in South Asia. The well-known, New York-based scholar and noted womens-rights consultant will be introduced to LMU at noon today in the Van Der Ahe VIP suite on the Third Floor of the Hannon Library, in […]

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Hong Kong protest in late September.

HONG KONG: SQUEEZING THE JOURNALISTS

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES: As the compellingly dramatic protests in Hong Kong intensify, some reporters have been caught in the melee. But for Hong Kong’s journalists, there is more at stake than run-ins with the riot police. The following timely and incisive article on this issue appears courtesy of the respected and influential Committee to […]

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THAILAND: POLITICIAN ATTACKS THAKSIN ‘GIANTS’ BOOK

THAILAND’S LEASDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER BANGKOK POST REPORTS: “A former MP has filed a lese majeste complaint against Thaksin Shinawatra and two other people, as well as Matichon Plc, in connection with a translated book. ‘Jub Khao Kui Thaksin Shinawatra’ has been available in the local market for more than two years. “Watchara Phetthong, a […]

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NEW CHINA BOOK: The Straits Times Review

ASAD LATIF, WRITING FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, SINGAPORE – The veteran American journalist Tom Plate’s writings on Asia have contributed significantly to raising the region’s profile in his home country. His books on Asian leaders such as Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Dr Mahathir Mohamad sought to explain the reasons for their prominence in political […]

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HONG KONG: SPLITTING DIFFERENCES, MOVING FORWARD

THIS SYNDICATED COLUMN ON POLITICAL TURMOIL IN HONG KONG WAS PUBLISHED 8 SEPTEMBER IN THE ‘SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST’, HONG KONG’S LEAD NEWSPAPER. A VERY SIMILAR VERSION WAS PUBLISHED 10 SEPTEMBER IN ‘CHINA DAILY’, THE LEADING ENGLISH-LANGUAGE DAILY OF CHINA: “Hong Kong is one of the world’s great metropolises, most travelers concur, and China sports […]

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MANDARIN: A JOKE FROM CONAN

CONAN O’BRIEN JOKED ON HIS LATE-NIGHT SHOW ABOUT A TRUE NEWS STORY – “An English-speaking man went into a coma and came out speaking only Mandarin Chinese. It’s a true story. On the bright side, now he can find work.” We LIKE!

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LIFE LESSONS: NEVER GIVE UP!

The following column by Tom Plate appeared in the well-known newspaper KOREA TIMES of Seoul on 4 September: LOS ANGELES ― Life can make for strange but true comparisons. Here are three public figures for whom I have great admiration. On the surface they have very little in common except that they just never give […]

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A Sane Man Facing the Insanity  

America’s 44th president is often cruelly hit, if sometimes quietly and behind his back, with the wicked “w” word. For many angry or disappointed people — here and abroad — that word is: “wimp.” It is hurled in the direction of the White House of Barack Hussein Obama as an overall assessment of a US […]

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THAILAND: Generals Should Defend But Not Rule Their Countries

“The United States is an Asian-Pacific nation, and we take our enduring interests there very seriously. We know that America’s security and prosperity are closely and increasingly linked to the Asia-Pacific.” So spoke John Kerry, that peripatetic American diplomat. And so finally, if but for one excellent speech, the secretary of state has managed to […]

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