KATHLEEN STEPHENS WRITES — It was only a couple of Saturdays ago that I was walking, masked of course, on a gorgeous autumn day along a Washington street lined with gingko trees aflame in gold, four days after the Nov. 3 general election, when I heard the news that Joe…
In a recent, and seemingly controversial, article in the Opinion section of the prominent Pakistani newspaper The Dawn, author Ardeshir Cowasjee wrote an article about the failures of the Pakistani government and people in light of a famous book written by the late American author Barbara Tuchman titled The March of Folly (1984)…Full Article PAKISTAN: Author Wonders — Have We Learned the Lessons of the Past?
In Australia, journalist Andrew Bolt of the Herald Sun, the highest-circulating daily newspaper in the country, has been found guilty of contravening the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975 by publishing articles that were deemed offensive to light-skinned Aborigines…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Freedom of Speech versus Cultural Sensitivity
The issue of nuclear energy has been hotly debated amongst the citizens of Japan following the March 11 disaster. One the views that has been frequently voiced is the opinion that Japan should turn away from nuclear energy altogether…Full Article JAPAN: Newspaper Raises Questions About Nuclear Export Policy
In Bahrain, unknown assailants who were wearing masks attacked a journalist named Jamal Zuwayyed, a politician also writes as a columnist for the Akhbar Al Khalee.Full Article BAHRAIN: ‘Journalist’ Attack Raises Issues Due to Paper’s Coverage
A recently published article in China Daily by Natalie Thomas discusses the recent success of Charlie Custer in taking on the role of relaying information about current events in China…Full Article CHINA: Advice on How to Understand the Chinese In Bits and Bytes
According to the prominent Seoul-based daily newspaper Korea Times, Kim Yong-hwa, head of the North Korea Refugees Human Rights Association of Korea, witnessed a North Korean defector shot to death by North Korean border guards on Chinese soil shortly after the defector crossed a border river…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Border Guards Shoot Defector on Chinese Soil
Want Want Group, a Taiwanese conglomerate initially known for its food production, is currently in the process of purchasing China Network Systems, one of Taiwan’s leading cable television companies…Full Article TAIWAN: Want Want’s Appetite Increases
The International Press Institute (IPI) is a global organization comprised of members in more than 120 countriesFull Article INDIA: Two Crusading Magazines Recognized for Excellence
Amnesty International has released a stunning report on the death of three peaceful protesters participating in the Third Papuan Peoples’ Congress rally on October 19th that came at the hands of Indonesian security forces…Full Article INDONESIA: Jakarta Post Take a Tough Stand on Papuan Death Controversy
The Chosun Ilbo obtained a 480-page special report that features five pages dedicated to the Korean Peninsula and included is an estimate that North Korea’s collapse is imminent, perhaps as soon as 2020.Full Article NORTH KOREA: Is Its Collapse Imminent?
No one in China more exposed to Tibet independence campaigns than the country’s Netizens. No matter how intensely the Chinese government would like to block such websites, these “Free Tibet” pitches somehow see through the cracks of the Great Firewall. But prompted by national education campaigns regarding the Tibetan independence…Full Article China Blog Blotter – Issue #2: What They Are Saying About Tibet
Pakistan has been “taking it” from all sides recently, perhaps some relief is in order. The Dawn, the internationally well-respected daily newspaper in Karachi, gave the opinion spotlight to an article arguing that the notion of “an economic crisis in Pakistan” was at best overblown and at worst malicious. Avers…Full Article PAKISTAN: In the Dawn Newspaper: Pakistani Optimism Despite Crisis
“The Middle Kingdom,” as China refers to itself, does not hesitate to smile inwardly at its continuous rise. For many, this rise is a symbol of its own manifest destiny to return to it’s former glory and be deserving of its proper title of “Middle Kingdom.” Although the world is…Full Article China Blog Blotter – Issue #1: Humility Spotted on the Rise of China
They honored the controversial, though increasingly appreciated, Asian statesman Lee Kuan Yew at the historic Ford Theater in Washington recently, and frankly I wish I had been there.Full Article Pacific Perspectives: An Asian Leader Receives Coveted American Award