U.S. Dramatically Opens Diplomatic Door to Myanmar: Perhaps a democratic system of government will not prove the final answer for Myanmar. Just take a look at the Philippines if you’re crazy about another possible “for-sale” democracy in Asia. But considering what the good people of what used to be called…Full Article PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES: Two Ladies Work Together to Get One Big Policy Right
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?
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
Two gunmen shot Michael James Licuanan, a Fillipino reporter for Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro City, after he finished his evening radio program in Mindanao.Full Article PHILIPPINES: Yet Another Journalist Gunned Down in Mindanao
Katrien Jacobs, a media professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has revealed that she has been working “undercover” as “Lizzy Kinsey- scholarly sex machine,” to investigate the inside world of the Adult Friend Finder community.Full Article HONG KONG: ‘Professor of Porn’ Investigates Online World of Casual Sex
The Persian Gulf is abuzz over what giant Saudi Arabia will be like under the rule of the new heir Crown Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, according to the Gulf News, a daily English language newspaper published from Dubai. The future of Saudi Arabia seems as enigmatic as the man who will lead it.Full Article FROM DUBAI’S GULF NEWS: Getting a Line on the Man In Line for Saudi Arabia
In our judgment, David Pilling is easily and consistently the best (non-U.S.) columnist writing about Asia, and has been honored once again for his perceptive and leading-edge commentaries on the world’s fastest rising region. This time the honor comes from the 2011 Comment Awards in London (sponsored by Barclays and…Full Article Kudos Corner
Why would UNESCO’s participation in the Sharjah International Book Fair make the headlines of one of the leading English Dailies of UAE and the Gulf States- The Khaleej News? On October 31st, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, granted Palestine’s bid for full membership in the organization. In response, by the U.S., as expected, announced cutbacks UNESCO funding, leaving the organization short $65 million USD for the end of the year budget…Full Article UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Book Fair finds a benefactor in Al Qasimi