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2016/11/30 | Michael Cucek

The Indispensable Man Pulling the Strings in Japan

Those aware of Yoshihide Suga’s existence may know him as the Abe government’s chief spokesman. He is much more than that.

2016/11/30 | Michael Beltran

FEATURE: Portrait of a Filipino Artist in Captivity

Juan Paolo Verzosa, his wife and hundreds like them are being used as a bargaining chip for the state to gain the upper hand in ongoing peace negotiation in the Philippines.

2016/11/30 | Suzanne Pepper

ANALYSIS: What One Year of Campaigning for Hong Kong Independence Achieved

'If self-determination is the same as independence, and Legislative Councilors are going to be punished for violating the terms of their oaths of allegiance to China because they are exploring the possibilities for self-determination, then the current oath-taking saga marks the beginning of the end of Hong Kong as we know it.'

2016/11/28 | The Japan Times

Japan's Whistleblowers Need More Protection

The law on whistleblowers lacks the teeth to protect employees who reveal wrongdoings, a situation that needs correcting.

2016/11/28 | Edward White

Heat on DPP as Marriage Equality Draws Thousands to Streets

Pressure is mounting on Taiwan’s ruling party to advance marriage equality, as religious lobbying threatens to derail the passage of legislation.

2016/11/27 | Devanik Saha

India Drowning in Sea of Fake Money

Is India doing enough to detect fake notes, cited by the Prime Minister as a significant reason for withdrawing 86 percent of India’s currency, a process popularly known as demonetisation?

2016/11/27 | John Delury

The Crisis in Seoul and Risks to the Region

South Korea is engulfed in a month-long national crisis that has brought politics to a standstill, and the timing could not be worse for the Korean Peninsula and the region, writes John Delury.

2016/11/27 | Melissa M. Smith

BOOK REVIEW: 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail'

Is there too much money behind U.S. political campaigns or is it more a question of where the money flows? In 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail' Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner present their argument in favor of giving more, rather than less, money to political parties in order to reduce the polarization that characterizes the U.S. political system. While she questions the extrapolation of state-level analysis to the federal level, Melissa M. Smith praises the cogent delivery of the book’s central claim, even if it remains to be seen if the authors’ points will make it into practice.

2016/11/25 | Brian Hioe

Terry Gou: Taiwan's Donald Trump?

'If the KMT seeks to seriously put Terry Gou forward as a presidential candidate, that would only further accentuate the party’s present political crisis.'

2016/11/25 | Fu Shiye

Remembering My Father, a War Crimes Judge

The diaries Mei Ju-ao left behind reveal a passionate, erudite and fair-minded character — someone his son never truly knew.

2016/11/25 | Hew Wai Weng

Bersih 5 and the Increase of the Malay Discontents

The crowds at Bersih 5 may not have hit previous heights, but their greater ethnic diversity is a positive sign, Hew Wai Weng writes.

2016/11/21 | Olivia Yang

Taiwanese Citizen Classified 'Stateless' on Iceland Residence Permit

Lee says at least being 'stateless' means Iceland authorities agree with her that ‘Taiwan is not part of China.’

2016/11/19 | Malaysiakini

Arrests, Tension on the Streets of KL amid Massive Anti-Corruption Protest

Tens of thousands took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur today, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over the growing 1MDB scandal.

2016/11/19 | James Bowen

Trump: The Unimaginable President

The U.S. political system seems wholly unprepared to deal with a candidate it has never envisioned, writes James Bowen.

2016/11/18 | Michael Beltran

Brown Man’s Burden: Breaking Away from American Dominion in the Philippines

Is the Philippines ready to separate from the U.S.? And how might Trump affect U.S.-Philippines relations?

2016/11/17 | Mo Tz-pin

Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong Courts Rubio, Pelosi in Washington

Anti-Beijing activist Joshua Wong is in Washington trying to build support for self-determination for Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government has told foreign countries not to interfere.

2016/11/17 | Dwi Kiswanto

The Perils of a Protest

In the aftermath of Jakarta’s Nov. 4 anti-Ahok demonstration, Dwi Kwiswanto outlines what Indonesian political actors can learn. And if lessons go unheeded, the consequences are real and severe, he warns.