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2021/01/25 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s Government Says Workers Are Pulling Ahead. Here’s What They Won’t Say.

Last week, a Singapore government minister said that the wages of lower-income and median-income Singaporeans have increased in the last 10 years. But when we compare Singapore with other wealthy, advanced countries, the situation does not look so rosy.

2021/01/25 | The Interpreter

Beijing’s “Wolf Warriors” Score Own Goals

An online spat over the origins of kimchi shows the Chinese Communist Party has made people at home hungry for news of China’s dominance.

2021/01/22 | Michael Beltran

Philippines: Armed Forces University Ban Canceled

The Philippine government has canceled a long standing agreement that barred armed forces from entering the country’s leading university, University of the Philippines.

2021/01/22 | Deutsche Welle

Japan To Cancel Tokyo Olympics — Report

A member of Japan’s ruling coalition has said the Games will have to be canceled, according to a British newspaper. The Olympics is due to start in July, but 80% of the Japanese population are against hosting the event.

2021/01/21 | Voice of America

How Covid-19 Is Straining Human Rights in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines

Covid-19 outbreaks have worsened human rights issues in much of Southeast Asia, as countries scramble to revive economies.

2021/01/20 | Deutsche Welle

Thailand: Woman Handed Record 43-Year Sentence for Defaming Monarchy

A former civil servant has been convicted of 29 counts of violating Thailand’s strict lese majeste law. She pleaded guilty to posting audio clips of a podcast produced by a prominent critic of the monarchy.

2021/01/19 | Tonggo Simangunsong

Indonesian Government Official Threatens Legal Trouble For Those Who Refuse Covid-19 Vaccine

An Indonesian government official has spoken of penalizing citizens who refuse mandatory Covid-19 vaccination. Human rights organizations and experts have condemned the idea.

2021/01/19 | East Asia Forum

Rethinking Japan’s Refugee and Asylum Policy

Japan is unlikely to expand its refugee intake in the near future despite international criticism.

2021/01/15 | Bryan Chou

Indonesia Delays Migrant Worker Fee Exemption

Indonesia’s state agency in charge of migrant worker protection announced today that it will delay the implementation of the “exemption of placement fee policy” by six months.

2021/01/11 | Voice of America

US State Department Ends Restrictions on Contacts With Taiwan Officials

The United States is lifting self-imposed restrictions on contacts between U.S. officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, after the Taiwan Assurance Act became law in December.

2021/01/08 | East Asia Forum

Singapore’s 2020 Risk Management Strategy

Singapore has kept the pandemic under control and its economy has survived in much better shape than expected. The success is based on the Singaporean government’s aversion to risks.

2021/01/06 | Coco Dollanganger

Philippine Lawmakers Push for Police Reform After Tarlac Shooting

After a Filipino mother and her son were fatally shot by an off-duty policemen, Philippine lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the case and demanding police reform.

2021/01/06 | Deutsche Welle

History Is ‘China’s Most Important Psychological Tool’

China is widely regarded as a millennia-old nation-state, but this is a misconception, journalist Bill Hayton claims in his new book.

2021/01/04 | Voice of America

Vaccine Seen as Potentially Shoring up China’s Image in Indonesia, the Philippines

China could gain favor in Southeast Asia’s two biggest countries if its vaccines work.

2020/12/31 | Michael Beltran

Philippines: The Tactics Behind Red-Tagging

The military and government bureaucracy will never openly admit to it, but there is a stark and disturbing trend of mobilizing state resources against civil society in the Philippines.

2020/12/30 | Deutsche Welle

Hong Kong: 10 Defendants Face Trial Over Attempt To Flee Country

The trial of 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists alleged to have fled the territory for Taiwan has opened amid international pressure.

2020/12/24 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Legislator Reflects on Pro-Democracy Struggle as He Seeks Asylum

Baggio Leung, a former Hong Kong legislator seeking asylum in the United States, feels pessimistic about Hong Kong's short-term future, but said he believes Hong Kongers will one day win their city back.

2020/12/23 | Sylvie Tanaga

Celebrating Christmas and Pluralism as an Indonesian Minority

Christmas in Indonesia this year arrives as pluralism and tolerance in the country are under attack.