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· May, 2020

Stories about International Relations from May, 2020

29 May 2020

Is China's ‘House of Cards’ in the Czech Republic beginning to wobble?

Public scepticism over Chinese influence campaigns and aggressive diplomacy is empowering anti-Beijing politicians.

28 May 2020

Netflix blockbuster ‘Extraction’ draws criticism for portrayal of Bangladesh's capital

The Netflix blockbuster “Extraction” attracted a lot of criticism and debate for its poor, inaccurate and stereotypical portrayal of Bangladesh and Bangladeshis.

26 May 2020

Southern African leaders meet to address urgent security threats in Mozambique

SADC states have been urged to support Mozambique’s government to fight against terrorists and armed groups attacking civilians and infrastructure in Cabo Delgado Province.

23 May 2020

Uyghur human rights advocate Dilnur Reyhan laments lack of Muslim solidarity

Hatred against the West has blinded ordinary Muslim citizens to the point of refusing to believe news brought by the Western media, even when it concerns concentration camps for Muslims

22 May 2020

‘One Country, Two Systems’ on the line as national security law looms over Hong Kong

"Our way of life may soon be circumscribed but we will find a way to survive and prosper through this."

Labour, migrant rights under spotlight as Thailand wrestles with COVID-19 impact

COVID-19

Fearing instability, the Thai government is failing to protect the labor rights of both Thai nationals and migrant workers.

20 May 2020

Stranded Nepali migrant workers protest to return home, Nepali government drags its feet

COVID-19

Nepal's government tries to stall repatriating migrant workers stranded abroad.

18 May 2020

Nepali Muslims eye India's growing Islamophobia with fear

COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the status of already vulnerable minority Muslims in Nepal.

Where’s the Pacific voice in the viral ‘real Lord of the Flies’ story?

The story of a group of Tongan castaways goes global thanks to an article published in The Guardian, but Pacific Islanders take issue with its point of view.

13 May 2020

Monumental differences: Prague, Moscow trade barbs over World War Two

"Did in fact all Czechs then realize what kind of Russians saved their city?"

7 May 2020

Taiwan refuses to deport caregiver who ‘insulted’ Philippine president on Facebook

Advox

"I felt that they listened to what I was trying to say, and it shows that they do value democracy here in Taiwan."

After disappearing for 53 days, Bangladeshi journalist is found and sent to jail

Advox

Fifty-three days after his abduction in from of his office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol was found alive in Benapole, near the border of Bangladesh with India.

4 May 2020

Baloch journalist found dead in Sweden

Advox

In recent months, several Pakistani activists and bloggers living in Europe have claimed to have been targeted for speaking up against human rights violations in Pakistan.

Netizens from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand brew ‘Milk Tea Alliance’ against Chinese speech police

Stars who depend on China's lucrative market have to watch what they say. Ordinary netizens? Not so much.

China and Australia brawl over call for independent investigation of COVID-19 origins

COVID-19

'Australia is “gum stuck to the bottom of China’s shoe”, huh? Ok, well, it’s time for Australia to rethink trade and other agreements with China if they don’t like criticism'

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