Hong Kong leader says “external forces” involved in protests

Hong Kong's chief executive says "external forces" are involved in pro-democracy protests that have occupied......

Burma’s failed promise

Burma’s path to democracy, born in considerable hope when the generals’ junta agreed to political......

Voicing concerns: Thai artists take on the coup and the junta

As Thailand enters a time when the wrong opinion can send people to prison, some......

Human rights still a concern in Burma, despite big-name investment

As Burma is celebrated for growing investment and diplomatic opportunities, there are concerns among local......

Japan trade minister resigns over election funds charges

Japan's trade minister, Yuko Obuchi, has announced her resignation after allegations that she violated election......

Can Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung survive?

With hundreds of police having cleared out the protesters in Hong Kong’s Mongkok district, it......

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South Korea to send doctors to Ebola-stricken West Africa

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 6:35PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's foreign ministry says the country plans to send doctors, nurses and military officers to the Ebola-hit region in West Africa next month amid growing concerns over the outbreak. South Korea pledges to spend $5.6 million to help curb the virus....

Kerry urges Asia to boost anti-Islamic State push

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 6:15PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is asking Asian nations to step up their efforts to combat Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus. In Jakarta for the inauguration of Indonesia's new reformist president, Kerry took the opportunity to meet separately with the prime ministers of Malaysia and Australia. Later Monday, he'll meet with leaders of other Asian nations....

China donates $6 million to WFP in support of Ebola victims

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 5:40PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China has contributed $6 million to the World Food Program to help stave off food shortages in countries worst affected by the Ebola virus. The WFP announced Monday that the money will go to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the Ebola outbreak has led to widespread transport disruptions and higher food prices and caused some farmers to abandon their crops and livestock....

Hong Kong leader says “external forces” involved in protests

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 1:28PM UTC

Hong Kong's chief executive says "external forces" are involved in pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks....

China’s Communist Party begins rule of law meeting

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 1:19PM UTC

China's ruling Communist Party leaders have convened a conclave to guide policy for the coming year and discuss how to bolster the country's rule of law....

Joko Widodo inaugurated as president of Indonesia

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 11:51AM UTC

Joko Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's new president on Monday. ...

Voicing concerns: Thai artists take on the coup and the junta

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 11:06AM UTC View Comments

As Thailand enters a time when the wrong opinion can send people to prison, some artists and other creative minds are finding alternative ways to express their concerns and critiques of the government and Thai society....

Human rights still a concern in Burma, despite big-name investment

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:24AM UTC View Comments

As Burma is celebrated for growing investment and diplomatic opportunities, there are concerns among local activists and the international community that the country's ongoing human rights abuses will be forgotten....

Can Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung survive?

By Sun, Oct 19, 2014 1:07PM UTC View Comments

With hundreds of police having cleared out the protesters in Hong Kong’s Mongkok district, it remains to be seen whether the back of the Occupy movement that has hobbled the city for week has been broken....

Education in Thailand: Changing times?

By Fri, Oct 17, 2014 5:26PM UTC View Comments

Since coming to power in May this year, Thailand's junta led by Prayuth Chan-ocha has been busy proposing reforms for a multitude of social agencies....

Thais in Milan rally for and against junta leader’s visit

By Fri, Oct 17, 2014 11:39AM UTC View Comments

The attendance of Thailand’s junta Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan has promted Thais to take action to either protest against his arrival or to display support for him as the political polarization among Thais extends abroad, writes Saksith Saiyasombut. “Dittatore NON sei benvenuto!” – The message in Italian makes it...

A climate of denial: Do coal barons own Australia?

By Fri, Oct 17, 2014 7:54AM UTC View Comments

Despite the nearly universal shift towards neoliberalism in Western countries and specifically the Anglosphere (The US, British Isles, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc.), there are still important differences between political parties. Yes, the “center-left” and “center-right” parties in all these countries are fixated on economic growth and place it above old Left principles such as...

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