CLEMENTINE TODOROV WRITES — Whether they live in the Global North or South, climate change is affecting the way of life for everyone. While people of the Western world seems to be more concerned about their abnormal weather changes, they are less aware and empathetic towards countries like Bangladesh, whose…Full Article BANGLADESH: FLOODED WITH WAVES OF ANXIETY
JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Indonesia has long been the premier year-round vacation destination for millions of traveling Australians, especially among those looking to escape high-alcohol prices and expensive party lifestyles in their native home country. From Sydney Airport, a flight from from Sydney Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in…Full Article AUSTRALIA: A DRY SPELL FOR AUSTRALIAN TRAVELERS?
SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – People often think of the Olympics as a time of both unity and peace between countries. Despite numerous political, economic, social, and religious differences, sportsmanship brings people from all around the world together to celebrate unity and human ability. North and South Korea are no exception. …Full Article SOUTH KOREA: OLYMPIC DIPLOMACY AT ITS BEST
DYLAN JOSEPH WRITES – 14 years ago, a 22-year-old Chinese basketball phenom called Yao Ming entered his name into the 2002 National Basketball Association Draft and changed the basketball world forever. On September 9, 2016, Yao was enshrined into the NBA’s Naismith Hall of Fame not just for his outstanding…Full Article CHINA: YAO MING JUMPED THROUGH ALL THE HOOPS
RYAN URBAN WRITES – The recent detention of two Singapore men under a decades-old law that allows people to be held for two years without trial shows just how worried – and ill-prepared – some countries are in the fight against modern terrorism. The men were detained under an old…Full Article SINGAPORE: UNDER CAREFUL WATCH
RYAN URBAN WRITES – We need to remember this: The mass shooting in Orlando was one of the deadliest in U.S. history. The horrific mass shooting was an act of home-grown terrorism, committed by an even more sick and twisted character. And the tragedy is that something like it bodes to…Full Article USA: AN INDIVIDUAL’S ACT OF HATE AND AN ACT OF TERRORISM
MERLIN EVANS WRITES – A US Presidential election victory for Donald Trump could force Australia to more than double its defense budget. A former defense official who now heads the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Peter Jennings, warned the reduction in US involvement in Asia that Trump proposes would force the…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Trump Spells Bad Times for Australian Peace of Mind
LAMIYA SHABBIR WRITES – When people attend a Pakistani wedding, they’re mesmerized by the colors, tradition and culture woven into the event: the gorgeous bride and groom, the laughter of family members, music and dancing going on for days and days. Imagine that the bride and groom are both from…Full Article PAKISTAN: THE BITTER TRUTH ON MARRIAGES
AMANDA KRETSCH WRITES – Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has sealed the deal to take over and revive Sharp Corp, making this acquisition the first time a foreign company will acquire a Japanese electronics manufacturer. Hon Hai and Sharp negotiated for months, but with the downturn of Sharp, a…Full Article JAPAN: Taiwan Makes a Sharp Move
ASIA MEDIA WRITES – On April 6, LMU had the esteemed honor to bestow an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters on United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. The UNSG gave a keynote address on the morning of the degree conferral ceremony, wherein he gave a short policy speech. Afterward, Ban…Full Article LOS ANGELES: ‘HE WALKS AMID HISTORY’
JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Unless you have spent the last couple months under a rock, you’ve been keeping up with, or at least have heard about, the wild presidential election currently going on within the United States. And although Australia’s capital of Canberra is located more than 16,000 kilometers away…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Friendly Reminder From Aussie Media to US – Elections are ‘Not a Game Show’
ASIA MEDIA WRITES – Orville Schell has been writing about China for decades and is not viewed in the West as a China-basher by any means. But in the current New York Review of Books, the former dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers a rigorous recounting…Full Article CHINA: A PESSIMISTIC VIEW OF XI JINPING
BRADLEY JAMES CAVANAGH WRITES — In central Shanghai, a two-story building has been plastered with images of Xi Jinping, as if to protect it, and – through this attempted power of symbolism – granted a short reprieve from demolition. Pictures taken of this building went viral on social media, prompting…Full Article CHINA: Shanghai Building Owners Protest Demolition with Xi Jinping Posters.
KATIE TRINH WRITES – China’s antics are getting out of hand and Vietnam, along with Malaysia and the Philippines, will not be bullied by the Asian hegemon. The conflict between the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) and China began when China reclaimed larger portions of the islands in the…Full Article VIETNAM – HANOI’S CLEVER PLAY IN THE ‘SOUTH CHINA SEA’
SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – South Korea’s technologically advanced capital, Seoul, is about to gain even more popularity as the metropolitan government recently announced its decision to install free WiFi throughout the city by 2017. According to the Pew Research Center, South Koreans are the most abundant Smartphone users in the…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: SEOUL GETS HIGH ON WI-FI
TOM PLATE WRITES – They say some things have to be seen to be believed, which is probably why the sight of a jaunty Mark Zuckerberg social-networking through Tiananmen Square on a bicycle (of all things) was almost unbelievable — unless you were there. Am I saying that the chairman,…Full Article HONG KONG: THE ‘FOOLISHNESS’ OF ZUCKERBERG – AND THE TOM PLATES OF THE WORLD