(This is written by new staff writer Gabriella Castro — welcome aboard, Ms. Castro!) — It seems no person, or company, is free from the lèse-majesté laws of Thailand. Google recently released its transparency report for 2012, giving the public a look into what governments around the world are trying…Full Article THAILAND: Critique Me Not
In a country that takes a backseat to none In the area of having to live with pervasive official corruption, Thai voters — report the country’s news media – are looking for a refreshing change. We hope that one of these days, they will get it. Early next year they…Full Article THAILAND: Position as Governor of Bangkok Up For Grabs
The 2012 China-United States Journalists Exchange is revving up for the third time. The amazing program kicks off November 23 and runs to December 8, 2012. With leadership change in China, the US Presidential Election, and the growing importance of China-US relations in global affairs and the global economy, the 2012…Full Article HONOLULU: Fabulous China-U.S. Travel Exchange for Journalists
SPECIAL TO ASIA MEDIA FROM HONG KONG. By Alice Wu — Perhaps all too often my favorite former professor used to say, “there are no stupid questions.” But it was just his way of encouraging learning and inquisitive minds. For that, I know countless are grateful. That’s what schools are…Full Article HONG KONG’S FERRY TRAGEDY: The Shame of the News Media
Asia Journalism Fellowship 2013 opens for applications: The fifth round of the Asia Journalism Fellowship will run from 25 February to 17 May 2013. The fully-sponsored program is accepting applications until 12 October 2012 from accomplished mid-career journalists. The annual program is an initiative of Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Technological…Full Article SINGAPORE: Journalism Fellowships!
HCT NEWS, the home page of the sprawling Higher Colleges of Technology system in the United Arab Emirates, hreaded by Vice Chancellor Tayeb A. Kamali (pictured), recently posted this story: Tom Plate, the Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, recently made an…Full Article UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: ‘Asia Media’ Founder and LMU Professor Gets Royal Tour
China allegedly has at least 1.3 billion people residing within its current ample borders. (Has anyone ever counted?!) China also has very many problems, as befits such a gigantic country trying to maintain the extraordinary economic success against the downside of a very troubled recent past. Therefore, it could be…Full Article Where Have All the Smart People in China’s Government Gone?
EXCLUSIVE TO KHALEEJ TIMES It was quite the educational experience. On an early June afternoon in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak al Nahayan sat down with a few students in the spacious Majlis room of his palace in Abu Dhabi. The lucky but nervous young women were enrolled at United Arab…Full Article UNPRECEDENTED INTERVIEW BY UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WITH H.E. SHEIKH NAHAYAN MABARAK AL NAHAYAN
Earlier this month a lunchtime assemblage of committed Asiaphiles (policy wonk division) convened to Tom Plate’s views on what makes leadership special and how Asia has sometimes benefited from exceptional leadership. Plate, who is a syndicated columnist and the Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University,…Full Article HONG KONG: Asia Society Gets “Leadership’ Briefing
On May 30, 2012, Human Rights Watch (HRW) joined hands with The Global Network For Freedom Expression (IFEX) to publicly voice concern regarding the conviction of , condemning the actions of the Vietnamese government. Khuong was convicted on December 29, 2011 for violating article 88 of the penal code forbidding any…Full Article VIETNAM: Mounting Demand for Freedom For Activist Blogger Ho Thi Bich Khuong
Iran and Iraq have not shared the friendliest of histories but recently both countries seem more willing to set aside their differences in order to collaborate within the media field. Ezzatollah Zargham, Director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), initiated talks with several Iraqi officials as a means…Full Article IRAN and IRAQ: Media Try to Smooth Over Historic Divide
Those with a guilty conscience often attempt to go unnoticed on judgment day. Unfortunately for Thailand however, the United Nations is not waiting that long and is pointing a reprimanding finger right now. Every year, the UN Secretary-General – currently Ban Ki-Moon — publishes a report with individual countries’ records…Full Article THAILAND: UN Gets Applause – and Help from Media and Rights Workers
Secretary General of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) made a recent statement that tablet computers for school children are ready and will be delivered to students in different provinces in alphabetical order starting June 7th. Thailand is the most recent nation to follow the trend of innovation…Full Article THAILAND: OBEC Innovates Education with Tablet Computers
Must differing civilizations clash? Or can they sometimes combine to harmonious effect? The late Harvard Prof. Samuel Huntington took a dim view of the future with his provocative and possibly predictive “Clash of Civilizations.” The 1996 book posited a gloomy post- Cold War geopolitical world in which the Islamic world would…Full Article UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Ambitious Experimental Course Coming to First Semester’s End