The well-known fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana has issued a fairly lame statement on January 18th expressing its regret for offending the people of Hong Kong. But, funnily enough, many protesters are refusing to accept this apology. Two weeks ago, Hong Kong locals were forbidden to take pictures in front…Full Article HONG KONG: Shopping for Some Kind of Equitable Treatment
It looks as if the military is still firmly in control of Pakistan, judging from one nuanced assessment on the website of The Dawn, one of the two dominant English-language newspapers in Pakistan. Written by well-regarded feature writer Waris Husain, the analysis suggests that the nation’ highest court, in its…Full Article PAKISTAN: Beyond Memogate
After months of failed negotiations, Korea’s cable television system operators (SOs) are taking a stand against the three major Korean TV Companies – KBS, MBC, and SBS – for charging high prices to broadcast their programs, according to The Korea Times, an English-language daily newspaper.Full Article SOUTH KOREA: Static Blurs the Nation’s TV picture
Speaking of extremely dubious distinctions … Christopher Guarin, publisher of Tatak News Nationwide and presenter for radio station dxMD, was shot dead earlier this month in General Santos City, making him the first Asian journalist to be killed in 2012.Full Article PHILIPPINES: Is Aquino Finally Taking Assassinations Seriously?
Reliable media outlets of the region, including the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s most-read English website and the Khaleej Times Online, a leading English daily out of Dubai, report growing tension, in particular, between Iran and Gulf States. A key issue of contention is the decision of the EU to punish Iran for proceeding with development of its nuclear capability. Many countries find this alarming, especially Israel, but Iran describes its work as a harmless “nuclear technology program” to generate domestic electricity.Full Article THE GULF STATES: Oil, Boil … and a Whole Lot of Trouble!
As Republican presidential candidates continue to use China as a topic for gaining voter approval in the current Republican Primaries, it shouldn’t go unnoticed that the “bad mouthing” is being heard beyond our own shores. The English-language Chinese newspaper “China Daily” recently published an article highlighting the election’s topic fixation.…Full Article CHINA: The Ridiculous Republican Hunt for “Red” Huntsman
As the stylized coding of a tweet might put it: #APositivePerspectiveOfIndia That was the whole point of the recent online conference that the Times of India is calling “the world’s largest tweetathon.” And the successful event looks like further proof, if any were needed, of the revolutionary innovative power of…Full Article INDIA: Young People Tweet — #APositivePerspectiveOfIndia
Many are speaking out against the Thai government’s “One Tablet PC per child” policy, which gives first grade students their own laptop at school. In an attempt to prove the soundness of their policy, the government chose five schools to partake in a pilot-study in which they were given 600…Full Article THAILAND: Do Tablet PCs Really Make the (First) Grade?
The March 11 natural disasters that ravaged the Tohoku region of Japan early last year forced most local industries to cease operations. Despite the difficulties, Masashi Hijikata, the owner of the Araemishi publishing company, continued producing his quarterly magazine, the Sendaigaku, or Study of Sendai. According to The Mainichi Daily…Full Article JAPAN: The Publisher Who Kept on Going
As the countdown begins to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the government and its media seem to be playing their own media games. A Hong Kong’s cable TV outfit says it is desperate for government approval of its free-to-air license for the Games. Without this approval, many of the city’s sports…Full Article HONG KONG: Who Will Win the Olympic ‘Media’ Medal?
Late last year, a legal battle between the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Yahoo! Southeast Asia was sparked by alleged copyright infringements by the internet giant. According to Today, a free, English-language publication, Yahoo! has been accused of reproducing works originally published by SPH. These purportedly original works had strikingly…Full Article SINGAPORE: The Media Catfight That Just Won’t Stop
Turkish journalists are incredulous, claiming that they are being treated like terrorists for simply doing their jobs. According to the Khaleej Times Online, a leading English Daily of UAE and the Gulf States, the number of journalists held in Turkish prisons pre-trial has risen from 70 to 97 in less…Full Article TURKEY: Dubai Newspaper Raises Questions about Journalistic Freedom
The book titled, “Open the Mind, See the Light,” by widely acknowledged Seon Zen master Ven. Jinje has been translated into English, according to The Korea Times, a huge-circulation newspaper based in Seoul. Ven. Jinje is a leading monk of the Joyge Order of Korean Buddhism and one of the…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: Buddhism Goes Bilingual