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US opposes use of force in South China Sea dispute

By Wed, Aug 18, 2010 7:10PM UTC

The U.S. military opposes the use of force by countries locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea and will maintain its presence in the strategic region for years to come, an American commander said Wednesday. The comments by Adm. Robert Willard, the head of the U.S. Pacific

Philippines torture: shocked but not surprised

By Wed, Aug 18, 2010 6:39PM UTC

The Philippines is roiled by the video of an alleged robbery suspect being tortured by a police officer inside a police station. The video, which was taken using a mobile phone and first aired by ABS-CBN television, is unlike anything this country has seen in years. In the video, which

An insider’s view of academic censorship in Singapore

By Wed, Aug 18, 2010 5:39PM UTC

In recent years, I’ve had many discussions with Singapore-based academics, both locals and foreigners, on the pervasive climate of self-censorship that surrounds those who would conduct research focused on the city-state. However, with the vast majority of them employed by the state, very few are willing to speak out publicly for fear of

Malaysia’s uneasy dance with the web

By Wed, Aug 18, 2010 11:54AM UTC

Are authorities about to start to filter Internet journalism? writes Asia Sentinel. On July 31, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who is rapidly becoming the stormy petrel of Malaysian politics, made a tough, uncompromising speech to the annual Malaysian Student leaders Summit in Kuala Lumpur. The 72-year-old Razaleigh, an elder statesman of

Dancing around the WTO

By Wed, Aug 18, 2010 11:48AM UTC

Taiwan and China drag their feet in reporting their agreement to the world trade body, writes Jens Kastner, Asia Sentinel. Whether possessing formal statehood or not, Taiwan like all other 152 members of the World Trade Organization has to elbow its way through foreign trade disputes. Sometimes it loses, sometimes

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