Edward White
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Edward White is International Editor with The News Lens. 
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2016/06/30 | Edward White

Burma: Human Rights Concerns Continue Under ‘The Lady’

'Free prisoners and dismantle the legal infrastructure of repression.' Removing authoritarian controls on freedom of speech is among the plethora of challenges facing Myanmar’s new leader.

2016/06/29 | Edward White

Taiwan Human Trafficking Activists Await Key U.S. Report

Human trafficking: While the government will hope Taiwan can enjoy its seventh-year straight as a ‘Tier 1’ country, activists in the front lines of what they say is a worsening problem hope Taiwan’s ranking will be downgraded.

2016/06/28 | Edward White

FEATURE: Clock Ticks as Indonesian Execution Spree Looms

Hope and Hypocrisy: Despite fighting for the freedom of hundreds of its own citizens facing the death penalty abroad, Indonesia looks set to carry out a spate of executions of foreign nationals. Can international and local activists force the populist Jokowi administration to change its course?

2016/06/27 | Edward White

Beijing to Discuss Cross-Border Arrests with Hong Kong

Beijing agrees to talks after Hong Kong complained about booksellers' abductions.

2016/06/27 | Edward White

Activists Seek Answers as China Detains Bloggers

Human rights activists call for answers as bloggers who exposed protests in China go missing.

2016/06/24 | Edward White

[PHOTO STORY] Airline Strike Follows Years of Deteriorating Conditions

“They don’t treat us as human beings.” China Airlines staff say their health has been suffering as work conditions have steadily worsened in recent years.

2016/06/23 | Edward White

Hong Kong No Longer a Safe Place to Criticize China

'No One is Safe.' Does the Causeway Bay booksellers saga spell the end for China’s ‘one-country two-systems’ and pose a serious threat for foreigners in Hong Kong?

2016/06/22 | Edward White

INTERVIEW: Jason Hsu, the New Face of Taiwan’s KMT

Can one young entrepreneur reboot the Kuomintang and change the face of politics in Taiwan?

2016/06/20 | Edward White

Are Offshore Wind Farms the Answer to Taiwan’s Energy Woes?

Offshore wind has the potential to drive Taiwan’s shift from nuclear and fossil fuels. However, it is unlikely to be a panacea for a carbon-intensive, resource-poor energy system.

2016/06/17 | Edward White

Protesters Take to the Streets After Bookseller Breaks Silence on Abduction by China

Political activists in Hong Kong have taken to the streets after a bookseller broke the silence on his time spent in captivity in China.

2016/06/16 | Edward White

FEATURE: Who is Winning Indonesia’s Tobacco War?

Battleground Jakarta: Big Tobacco calls Indonesia its ‘crown jewel’; in a country of 250 million people, 70% of men are smokers and more than a quarter of its children start the habit before they reach 10. While top politicians appear comfortable with hundreds of thousands of people dying from smoking-related illnesses each year, city mayors and religious leaders are taking up the fight.

2016/06/14 | Edward White

FEATURE: Islamic State's Expansion into Asia Worries Experts

A day after the execution of a Canadian in the Philippines, Southeast Asia terrorism experts warn that international efforts must be ramped up to counter the spread of Islamic State throughout the region.

2016/06/13 | Edward White

Sex Trafficking Operations Unchecked as Cops Chase KPIs

Large sex trafficking operations in Taiwan are not being investigated or prosecuted because police don’t want to jeopardize their performance reports.

2016/06/08 | Edward White

Hong Kong Independence Movement Is Open-Minded on Tactics

As one group of activists is acquitted over charges related to protests in Hong Kong, another vows to take up the fight.

2016/06/07 | Edward White

INTERVIEW: Hong Kong's Joshua Wong Takes the Fight to Beijing

"The problem is, we are facing the largest communist regime in the 21st century. Sometimes, the largest enemy towards democracy is not the regime or the ruling class. It is the fear in our heart."

2016/06/06 | Edward White

FEATURE: Tiananmen and Hong Kong: A City Divided

The annual Tiananmen vigil has become a symbol of emerging division in local Hong Kong politics.

2016/06/03 | Edward White

Tsai's First 100 Days Key for Investor Confidence: AmCham

A rapid turnaround of Taiwan’s economy is unlikely, but Tsai Ing-wen’s first 100 days in office will be critical for business confidence.

2016/06/02 | Edward White

The Duterte Paradox: Taiwan and the Philippines Head into the Unknown

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is seen as a wildcard by many and his moves over the coming months will send ripples across the region.