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2016/02/05 | TNL 編輯

India and Myanmar See LGBT Rights Movements Gaining Grounds

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to revisit a previous judgement that upheld a law criminalizing gay sex. The judges say that the issue is a matter of constitutional importance. In Myanmar, a LGBT rights organization also plans to propose a new anti-discrimination law.

2016/02/04 | TNL 編輯

WHO Says Movies With Smoking Scenes Should Be Rated

WHO is calling on governments around the world to rate movies that show tobacco. The organization confirmed that this means films with smoking scenes should be viewed only by those who are 18 and older. Its aim is to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco.

2016/02/04 | TNL 編輯

Amazon Reportedly Plans to Open Hundreds of Physical Bookstores

Amazon reportedly plans to open as many as four hundred bookstores. This prompts many to ask why the company that destroyed the physical bookstore industry would possibly want to operate a physical bookstore and vigorously expand it.

2016/02/04 | TNL 編輯

TPP Signed Amid Mass Protests in New Zealand

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been officially signed in New Zealand today, while groups of protesters gathered outside the signing venue to voice their opposition. The agreement has been contentious for several years in New Zealand, mainly because of the secrecy of the deal, lack of public consultation and fears that New Zealand's sovereignty could be diminished.

2016/02/03 | TNL 編輯

North Korea Plans Long-Range Rocket Launch, Defying International Condemnation

North Korea plans to launch a long-range rocket to put a satellite into orbit between February 8 and 25, which is viewed by many as a front for a ballistic missile test. The announcement has drawn condemnation from South Korea, Japan and the US.

2016/02/02 | Shih Yuan

Wealthy Chinese Making UK Middle-class Unable to Afford Boarding School

Chinese students with wealthy backgrounds have caused the tuitions of the boarding schools (student ages ranging from 7 to 18) in the UK to rise dramatically, pricing out middle-class British families, which are no longer able to afford the skyrocketed fees.

2016/02/02 | TNL 編輯

Can Netflix Still Be A Global Streaming Platform With These Barriers?

As the Indonesian government blocks Netflix due to cultural recognition and moral values, the online streaming service still needs to deal with regional needs as well as legality issues among VPN users while striving to acquire the global market.

2016/02/01 | Zou Chi

Three Taiwanese Drug Traffickers Sentenced to Death in Indonesia

The Indonesia government been cracking down on drugs since President Joko Widodo took office in 2014. However, this is the first time Taiwanese criminals have been sentenced to death in Indonesia.

2016/02/01 | 關鍵評論網 ASEAN:Philippines

US Sends Navy Destroyer into the Paracel Islands in Response to South China Sea Dispute

China’s building of artificial islands in the South China Sea has constantly aroused concerns of militarization. Though multiple countries claim partial sovereignty in the area, the US Pentagon sent a navy destroyer to Triton Island on January 30, and stated that the region should be taken as international waters.

2016/01/29 | TNL 編輯

Bangkok Working Closer with Beijing as Another Chinese Journalist Disappears in Thailand

Li Xin, a Chinese editor who secretly works as the government’s informant, has disappeared in Thailand after he left China seeking for asylum. This is the latest case in the recent string of disappearances and abductions aimed at Chinese citizens who threaten the CCP. Is Thailand no longer safe for Chinese fugitives?

2016/01/28 | TNL 編輯

First Zika Case In Taiwan And The Virus Casting Shadow On The 2016 Olympics

Zika has seen its first case in Taiwan on January 19 and the virus’ outbreak in Brazil has drawn world attention as it’s found to be related to microcephaly: babies born with abnormally small heads. With mosquitos being its vector, there are concerns that the outbreak would not be stopped before the 2016 Olympics this August.

2016/01/27 | TNL 編輯

Australian Leaders Unite to Sign Declaration Calling for A Republic

Australia is a constitutional monarchy, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state. With the declaration, almost all of Australia’s political leaders, including the prime minister and opposition leader, now support the country’s push toward becoming a republic, a move that would be an important assertion of Australians’ national identity.

2016/01/27 | 阿Ken

Taiwan President’s Visit to South China Sea Island Faces International Criticism

On January 28, President Ma Ying-jeou will visit Itu Aba Island in the South China Sea, also known as Taiping Island in Taiwan. The US is disappointed by the trip and says it is extremely unhelpful to the sensitive situation in the area. Vietnam’s representative in Taiwan also strongly protests against Ma’s trip.

2016/01/26 | Anita Chow

Safety of Human Rights Activists in China Remains Disturbing

While China recently released Peter Dahlin, a Swedish human rights activist, dozens of people remain detained, including foreigners and Chinese citizens.

2016/01/25 | TNL 編輯

Where Do Asians Stand in Oscar Nominations?

White actors have been dominating the Academy Awards for 88 years. This reflects not only the social stereotype embedded in the movie industry, but also the lack of opportunities for actors of color to ascend to the podium of the Oscars.