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21 January 2020

Is Russia getting its model for digital authoritarianism from China?

RuNet EchoAdvox

On the surface, China and Russia share much when it comes to digital governance. But their crackdowns on cyberspace also have important differences, says professor Maria Repnikova

The meaning of Tsai Ing-wen's 8.17 million votes in the Taiwan presidential elections

The Bridge

Some analysts have attributed Tsai Ing-wen's landslide victory in Taiwan's recent presidential to the Hong Kong protests and encroachment by Beijing. But that's only part of the story.

12 January 2020

In Modi’s India, anti-Bangladeshi-immigrant rhetoric is used to justify changes in citizenship laws

The implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens in India and the rhetoric of deportation of "illegal Bangladeshis" have put the India-Bangladesh relation on stress.

Zanzibar mourns the death of Omani sultan who strengthened historical ties with East Africa

Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman was known to many as a "quiet diplomat" who modernized Oman and restored and strengthened historical ties with Zanzibar and East Africa.

11 January 2020

Why is Donald Trump so popular in Nigeria?

Ratings for US President Donald Trump’s handling of world affairs are largely negative around the world. But not in Nigeria.

10 January 2020

The impact of Hong Kong protests on Taiwan’s presidential election and cross-strait relations

The axis of Taiwan’s political dynamics has shifted from the country's economy and administration to China factor and cross-strait relation.

9 January 2020

Is Taiwan an unrecognized country?

"While today the international community is happy to maintain the current status-quo when dealing separately with Taiwan and China, certain political forces in both places are advocating for a change." 

8 January 2020

The media habits of the Vietnamese minority in the Czech Republic: interview with Professor Tae-Sik Kim

The sizable Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic contributes to the shaping of a new culture that fuses elements of both countries.

4 January 2020

‘A disturbing crackdown on press freedom’: Pakistan arbitrarily blocking Slate.com

Advox

This is the second time that the website has been blocked in Pakistan in 2019, and the third time since 2018.

2 January 2020

Taiwan January 2020 presidential elections: who are the contenders?

All three candidates represent strongly divergent views on social values, economic development, relations with China and the status of Taiwan.

26 December 2019

How China's Belt and Road Initiative is affecting Shan communities in north Myanmar

"The majority of the people are worried about losing their homes, farmlands and water resources. Some people voiced concerns about losing natural resources and heritage places."

25 December 2019

Anti-vax groups in the Balkans find support with the Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church defends the right of parents to choose not to vaccinate their children.

24 December 2019

8 West African countries rename currency in historic break from France — but colonial-era debts persist

Changing the CFA franc to "Eco" does not change the fact that many West African countries are still locked in a legacy of debt to France in its colonial-era deposit system. 

23 December 2019

Protests, internet shutdowns and biryani: 2019 in South Asia

Advox

Overall, our coverage in the past 12 months highlighted stories of protests and internet shutdowns from across the region.

13 December 2019

Gambian minister brought Myanmar to The Hague ‘in the name of humanity’

"...No one put pressure on President Jammeh to stop his atrocities. ... We don't want others to feel our pain or our fate," said The Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou.

4 December 2019

As NATO turns 70, changing priorities jeopardize security of smaller member nations

Smaller NATO members like the Baltics know all too well the consequences of underestimating the threat on their eastern borders.

29 November 2019

China's new media world order: Interview with Cédric Alviani from Reporters Without Borders East Asia

Beijing trains foreign journalists in “language elements” to get them to “speak the same language” as Chinese outlets.

Chinese defector's spying allegations rock Australian politics

'What an utterly insane suggestion that Chinese Australians should “publicly show” their stance on anything related to China to prove their “loyalty”. '

25 November 2019

Japanese arms fair generates protest, puzzlement

While arms fairs have been regularly held in Japan in the past, this is the first such event organized in collaboration between government and industry.

24 November 2019

Explainer: How a U.S. Act on human rights and democracy can protect freedom in Hong Kong

The US Senate has unanimously voted for a Hong Kong Act which aims at protecting the city’s autonomous status and its residents’ civic rights.