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· July, 2014

Stories about East Asia from July, 2014

29 July 2014

China Monitors the Internet and the Public Pays the Bill

Experts say the billion-yuan “stability maintenance industry” is designed to help the government tighten its grip over public opinion online -- and to turn a profit.

Seoul Says No to Uber, But Don't Put Down Your Mobile Just Yet

Seoul is banning Uber and planning to release its own mobile app for taxi services. Who wins from such a move?

28 July 2014

China's State Media Reveals Unapproved Genetically Modified Rice Is on the Market

A deteriorating environment and decreasing arable land threaten China’s ability to feed the world’s biggest population. The country is looking into GMO technology, but rice remains in a research stage.

Can France Catch Up With Internet of Things World Leader China?

The Internet of Things is permanently and fundamentally revolutionizing our consumption habits.

Thai Junta Issues New Gag Order Against Media

Global Voices Advocacy

A new order from the Thai military government bans "criticism of operations of the [Junta], its officials, or any related individual," among other things.

‘Boyfriend No, Only Volleyball': Kazakh Sportswoman Ignores Marriage Proposals After Going Viral

Sabina Altynbekova, a 17 year-old volleyball player representing Kazakhstan at youth level has been thrust into the global spotlight after playing for her country in a tournament in Taiwan.

27 July 2014

‘Terrified’ Founder Decides to Shutter Hong Kong Pro-Democracy News Site ‘House News’

Global Voices Advocacy

Some are speculating that the site was pressured to shut down as part of a wider crackdown by Beijing on Hong Kong's media.

Victory Speech of Indonesia's New President

“Shrinking Democratic Space” in Myanmar

The Philippines’ ‘Anti-Corruption’ President Is Facing Impeachment Calls Over Accusations of Corruption

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who won on an anti-corruption platform, is now accused of corruption after one of his fund programs was dismissed by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

23 July 2014

Malaysia's Government, Opposition and People Unite to Demand Justice For MH17 Crash

Malaysia’s Parliament held an emergency session and unanimously approved a motion condemning those who are responsible for shooting down the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 which killed 298 people.

Burmese Reporters Get Ten Years in Jail Plus Hard Labor for Reporting About Myanmar's Chemical Weapons Factory

Four journalists and the CEO of a Burmese journal were sentenced to ten years in jail with hard labor for reporting about Myanmar's chemical weapons factory.

Jokowi Is Indonesia's Third President to Be Elected by a Direct Vote

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi), a popular politician from the city of Solo, took 53.15 percent of the nearly 130 million votes cast.

22 July 2014

Expired Meat Was on the Menu at McDonald's, KFC and Other Fast Food Restaurants in China

It's the latest food safety scandal to hit China, which has seen a spate of issues in recent years, including a 2008 milk contamination that killed six infants.

Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong Can Face Down Police, but Not Their Mom and Dad at the Dinner Table

Hundreds of thousands have vocally demanded democratic elections, but some of those same activists are having trouble speaking up to their conservative parents.

20 July 2014

Indonesia, the World's Third Largest Democracy, Will Soon Know Who Its Next President Is

The results of Indonesia's presidential election will be announced on July 22. Will it be a peaceful transition or chaos?

18 July 2014

Only Months After MH370 Disappears, Plane Crash in Ukraine Sends Malaysians Reeling

A Malaysia Airlines flight attendant highlighted on Instagram and Twitter the loss of lives on both flights: "Within 4 months I lost almost 30 friends."

Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine Brings on Heart-Wrenching Déjà Vu for Chinese Families Still Waiting on MH370 Answers

Memories are still fresh for Chinese families who don't know what happened to their loved ones after airliner MH370 vanished from radar screen in March.

Was Singapore Airlines’ Facebook and Twitter Message After the MH17 Crash Insensitive?

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