Zarganar, a famous Burmese comedian who was recently released from prison last year, is set to appear in a popular UK comedy show, “No Pressure to be Funny.” Since the late 80’s, Zarganar has been in and out of prison, persecuted for speaking out against the oppressive rule of the military…Full Article IN REVIEW: Finding Humor in Myanmar
Recent headlines in the Myanmar media are a clear indication of a polarized country. Some articles touch on Japanese plans to develop the Myanmar Stock Exchange. Others describe the plights of 471 confirmed political prisoners in Myanmar, with 465 more awaiting confirmation. Looking at the Myanmar headlines on Mizzima News,…Full Article MYANMAR: Headlines Capture Essence of Political Change
Of the 180 million population in Pakistan, little more than one percent are Hindus. But increasingly they are said to be fearing for their religious identity — and lives — as more and more coerced conversions have been reported. The Independent Human Rights Commission in Pakistan (HRCP) claims that the…Full Article PAKISTAN: Forced Conversions or Cultural Assimilation?
Recently I attended a presentation at the University of Southern California’s US-China Institute about the play Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, which last year debuted in China. Afterward, I had an opportunity to talk with Geoffrey Cowan, the distinguished co–author of the play (along with the late…Full Article WE ASK / THEY ANSWER: Getting to the Bottom of the Top Secrets
According to various media accounts, Iran’s government is going to new heights to silence the political opposition that could undermine upcoming parliamentary elections in early March. This further tightening is make the Islamic Republic’s regional neighbors increasingly nervous.Full Article IRAN: Neighbor Worry about Further Repression
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
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