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Why Vietnam’s Vo Trong Nghia is no ‘rebel architect’

By Tue, Sep 30, 2014 11:27AM UTC Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia. Pic: Screenshot from Al Jazeera documentary.

Earlier this month, Al Jazeera broadcast a series called ‘rebel architecture’. Each episode focused on an architect who is using their profession to try and ameliorate or solve social problems.

Sri Lanka’s propaganda finds a home in Washington

By Tue, Sep 30, 2014 11:04AM UTC Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, second right, with his brother and defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Pic: AP.

Sri Lanka’s powerful defense secretary and brother of the president, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has recently published a lengthy article in a policy-oriented journal called PRISM. The publication of this article, particularly at a time when the Sri Lankan government has been under the microscope for alleged war crimes and ongoing human rights abuses, raises a number of questions.

Laos government bans online criticism

By Tue, Sep 23, 2014 11:45PM UTC

The Bangkok Post (technically it is Reuters): Communist Laos has issued a decree outlawing online criticism of policies of the ruling party or government, state media reported, the latest Southeast Asian country to enact strict internet controls. According to legislation approved by Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong last week, web users

Malaysia tightens the sedition screws again

By Tue, Sep 23, 2014 11:36AM UTC Activist Adam Adli, left, smiles before being released on bail at a court house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last year. Pic: AP.

Malaysia is continuing its drastic crackdown on dissent, sentencing student activist Adam Adli Halim to a year in jail for statements he made at a forum in Kuala Lumpur in May last year accusing the government of voter fraud.

On media boundaries and the Deepika Padukone cleavage controversy

By Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:55AM UTC Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. Pic: AP.

Playing up Deepika Padukone’s breasts and cleavage by a leading media house was in bad taste, a violation, like a lewd comment. It is always the prerogative of the woman to say that she feels violated and for others to have the sense to back off.

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