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2021/11/25 | Deutsche Welle

Chinese Construction Site in Serbia Using ‘Slave Labor’

Around 500 Vietnamese workers are building the first Chinese tire factory in Europe. Activists say their working conditions are inhumane: no money, no passports, no hot water. The Serbian government rejects the claims.

2021/11/24 | Darice D. Chang

Go Go Rise Final Concert Celebrates Women in Punk Rock, Commemorates Late Vocalist

Mei, a vivacious vocalist and trumpeter of punk ska-rock outfit Go Go Rise, passed away in May. In her final days her band received a coveted grant from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, and Mei was posthumously recognized at the Golden Melody Awards this year. The band will hold a farewell concert on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

2021/11/23 | Voice of America

Experts: US Boycott of Beijing Olympics Would Dash Seoul’s Hopes for Diplomacy

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said a declaration to end the Korean War could be a “catalyst” for the resumption of dialogue with North Korea.

2021/11/19 | Michael Beltran

The Case of Steve Abua: Philippines Pro-Government Kidnappers Show New Level of Brazenness

The abduction of Steve Abua, a peasant organizer, is a painfully familiar occurrence in the Philippines. What’s new is the brazenness with which his pro-government captors have carried out his disappearance.

2021/11/19 | East Asia Forum

The CPTPP Isn’t Just a Trade Deal for Taiwan, It’s a Survival Plan

The CPTPP is at the heart of mapping out Taiwan’s long-term survival, not just a means to remain competitive in global markets.

2021/11/18 | Deutsche Welle

Concern Grows After Disappearance of Chinese Tennis Star Peng Shuai

Novak Djokovic is the latest tennis star to voice concern about Peng Shuai’s whereabouts. The former Wimbledon champion has not been heard from since accusing a senior government official of sexual assault.

2021/11/17 | Voice of America

Thai Court Bars Royal Reform Calls, Fuels Fears of Swelling Social Schism

By stifling open debate on reform, the ruling will only aggravate one of the most volatile fault lines running through Thai society, experts say.

2021/11/16 | East Asia Forum

Why APEC Still Matters — More Than Ever

The architecture of regional cooperation and engagement through APEC has been deliberately framed to complement and strengthen the rules-based global order, not to serve as a substitute for it.

2021/11/15 | Deutsche Welle

Thailand: Protesters March on German Embassy, Demanding Reforms From Absent King

With Thailand’s king currently in his favorite foreign retreat — and with his return date uncertain — protesters pushing for royal reforms turned to Germany’s embassy instead of the Thai palace to deliver their message.

2021/11/11 | Voice of America

Chinese Newspaper Removes Editorial Calling for More Media Freedom

Hu Xijin is better known for his acerbic attacks on the United States, but in his Monday piece, he instead criticized Beijing.

2021/11/10 | Deutsche Welle

South Korea: Presidential Race Marred by Corruption Allegations and Mudslinging

With four months to go until election day, the two top candidates for the presidency are already at the center of allegations of corruption and abuse of power, with debate over policy relegated to the background.

2021/11/09 | Global Voices

Indonesian Court Allows Internet Blocking Amid Social Unrest

Activists say the ruling further erodes digital freedoms in Indonesia and sets a dangerous precedent for free speech in Southeast Asia.

2021/11/08 | Voice of America

China Trying to Snuff Murder Mystery Role-Playing Games

“If it’s a good script, you will be surprised every step of the way, and that brings out a sense of accomplishment if you figure out who’s the murderer.”

2021/11/05 | Deutsche Welle

China: Covid Citizen Journalist ‘Close to Death’ in Jail

Zhang Zhan traveled to Wuhan last February to report on the chaos at the epicenter of the first Covid-19 outbreak. She is on hunger strike after receiving a 4-year jail sentence for “provoking trouble.”

2021/11/04 | Judy Chen

Michelle Wu Becomes Boston’s First Asian American Mayor in Historic Election

A combination of big picture changes in Boston along with personal talent have propelled Michelle Wu to the mayor’s office.

2021/11/03 | Voice of America

Soviet-era Memories Shape European Lawmakers’ View of China and Taiwan

“Lithuania has suffered badly under the Soviet communist regime,” a parliamentarian said. “Unfortunately, what the Chinese government is doing, on many levels, is worse.”

2021/11/02 | Deutsche Welle

Singapore Bans Book About Censorship for Including Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

A book was banned over “offensive images” containing cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The cartoons were the same ones published in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in 2015.