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2022/08/26 | Kirsten Han

The Problem With Section 377A

It’s good that Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes sex between men, is being repealed. But what has been won should should not be mistaken as an act of progressive change by the ruling party.

2022/08/26 | Voice of America

Even With Political Nemesis Prayuth on the Ropes, Thai Democracy Advocates Still Glum

Despite the suspension of the prime minister, the same authoritarian players still dominate Thai politics.

2022/08/25 | The Interpreter

Will Thailand’s Prime Minister Defy Time?

Despite being suspended as prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha still holds the powerful position of Defense minister and will continue to attend cabinet meetings.

2022/08/24 | Roy Ngerng

What Singapore’s 377A Repeal Is About: Entrenching the PAP’s Conservative Rule

Behind the facade of an advance for the LGBT community in Singapore is an attempt to shore up both a homophobic agenda and the ruling People’s Action Party’s rule.

2022/08/24 | Voice of America

Wheels of Justice Turn Slowly for Displaced Rohingya People

The International Court of Justice in July allowed a case to proceed alleging that Myanmar performed acts of genocide against the Rohingya after dismissing objections by the junta.

2022/08/16 | The Interpreter

What the Philippines Has at Stake in Taiwan

Politicians in the Philippines have called for a contingency plan for the evacuation of the estimated 200,000 overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan.

2022/08/12 | Deutsche Welle

China’s Langya Henipavirus: In a ‘Scary Family’ of Zoonotic Disease

Langya henipavirus is a new zoonotic disease in shrews in China, which infected 35 people. Is it worth freaking out? If it starts spreading between people.

2022/08/11 | Michael Beltran

Ex-VP Candidate Walden Bello Arrested for Accusing Sara Duterte’s Aide of Narcotics Involvement

Walden Bello, an esteemed scholar and candidate for vice president in the last election in the Philippines, is the latest victim in a string of “cyber-libel” cases that have undermined civil liberties.

2022/08/10 | The Interpreter

ICC Pushes Probe on the Philippines’ Drug War

The Philippines’ decision not to rejoin the International Criminal Court sets a precedent for other countries to leave multilateral institutions whenever state leaders feel intimidated or uncomfortable.

2022/08/09 | Voice of America

As Japan Marks Atomic Bomb Anniversary, Threat From China Breaks Military Taboo

Japan is planning for a massive increase in defense spending driven by the threat from China, breaking a decades-long taboo over the build-up of armed forces following its defeat in 1945.

2022/08/05 | Voice of America

Pelosi Visit to Taiwan May Prompt More High-Level Visits

Analysts say China may be losing the narrative on the “One China” policy because visits such as Pelosi’s bring more international exposure and recognition of Taiwan.

2022/08/04 | The Interpreter

Does ASEAN Really Need an Official “Second Language”?

If Southeast Asia really needs to have official languages, choosing all the national languages of the ASEAN countries would be a prudent move.

2022/08/03 | East Asia Forum

China’s Vocational Education Woes

China has a long-standing culture of degrading vocational graduates and discouraging parents from sending their children to vocational institutes.

2022/08/02 | Voice of America

Myanmar, South China Sea To Divide, Dominate ASEAN Summit

Most ASEAN countries want a united front on a code of conduct for the South China Sea, but critics claim Beijing, which wants to handle negotiations on a country-by-country basis, has used Cambodia to thwart progress on an agreement and to block diplomatic opposition to its maritime claims.

2022/08/01 | Deutsche Welle

Myanmar Prolongs State of Emergency for Six Months

The Myanmar junta’s National Defense and Security Council gave unanimous approval for the decision, according to state media.

2022/07/29 | Deutsche Welle

Is Japan’s Whaling Industry Going Under as Demand Sinks?

Japan’s whaling industry is struggling to stay afloat as government subsidies dwindle and consumers are less interested in what used to be a staple food on Japanese dinner tables.

2022/07/28 | Voice of America

What’s Next for China’s Economy?

China’s economy shrunk from April to June compared to the first three months of the year.

2022/07/27 | Deutsche Welle

China and Indonesia Agree To Boost Relations During Beijing Meeting

The leaders of China and Indonesia have laid out plan of expanding cooperation in an array of areas. Indonesian President Joko Widodo is the first world leader to visit Beijing since February.