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· December, 2014

Stories about East Asia from December, 2014

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

30 December 2014

Thailand’s 12 Tumultuous Months in 2014

Thailand in 2014: Street protests, martial law regime, media and web censorship, and the rise to power of a junta-backed government. Will 2015 bring change?

Chinese Authorities Weren't Feeling the Christmas Spirit This Year

For many young Chinese, Christmas is simply a lighthearted diversion that has little to do with religious faith, but authorities see the Western festival as a threat.

29 December 2014

With Protesters Under Threat, Hong Kong Must Increase Transparency on Personal Data Requests

Global Voices Advocacy

Protester arrests highlighted the opaque practices under which the city's law enforcement agencies and online service providers handle Internet user data.

Post-Umbrella Revolution's Politics Reflected in the Newly Launched Stand News

Global Voices Advocacy

With tensions still sky-high in Hong Kong, the newly-formed Stand News may seek to chart new political and journalistic territory.

28 December 2014

Air Asia Plane Carrying 162 People from Indonesia to Singapore Reported Missing

Indonesian authorities are focusing on the Bangka Belitung islands off the east coast of South Sumatra to find the missing plane.

27 December 2014

More Than 120,000 Evacuated as Malaysia Hit by Worst Flooding in Decades

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Malaysia's eastern states. Netizens used social media to monitor impact of the flood disaster and to coordinate relief efforts.

25 December 2014

One Dead, Dozens Injured as Myanmar Farmers Continue to Oppose Chinese Copper Mine Project

Clashes over a controversial mining project in Myanmar have claimed the life of a 56-year-old farmer and protester, who reportedly died after being shot in the head by police.

24 December 2014

Internet Memes Protest Killing of Anti-Mining Villager in Myanmar

Those outraged by the shooting death of a woman protesting the mining project have used popular Internet memes to point out the absurdities of the case.

Defying Hacker Threats, Sony Releases Film The Interview on Google Play and YouTube

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Earlier this month, Sony pulled their planned release of the political comedy, succumbing to threats by a hackers group that the US claims is linked to North Korea.

23 December 2014

Mainland Chinese ‘Bad Behavior’ Abroad Is a Strategy for Success at Home

Following a recent brawl on a flight from mainland China to Hong Kong, a Singapore news website argued that a 'fierce' attitude is necessary to succeed living on the mainland.

22 December 2014

#IAm26: Open Letter Inspires Malaysians to Speak Out Against Religious Intolerance

Twenty-five retired senior officials, who came to be known as the "prominent 25", urged the Malaysian government in a widely supported open letter to review the country's Islamic laws

20 December 2014

Harrowing Tohoku Tsunami Stories, Translated Into English

The Kahoku Shimpo, a major newspaper in Tohoku, is publishing English translations of its unique first-hand accounts of the March 11, 2011 "triple disaster" with the help of Harvard University.

19 December 2014

A High-Rise Condo Tower Is Photobombing the Philippines’ National Hero

The 49-storey Torre de Manila has been dubbed the "Terror de Manila" by critics for allegedly ruining the view of the Rizal monument in Luneta Park.

18 December 2014

Hong Kong Police's Arrest of Teen ‘Shopping’ Protesters Sparks Concern

Human rights activists worry that Hong Kong police are targeting minors participating in "shopping" pro-democracy protests. Young activists may not be aware of their legal rights.

17 December 2014

Anti-Coup Activist Says Thai Officials Threatened Her with Rape

She was detained at an International Human Rights Day event in Bangkok after she and another person made the three-fingered "Hunger Games" salute, which is banned in Thailand.

VIDEO: How Palm Oil is Causing Environmental Destruction in Indonesia

Serbia Arrests 11 Foreign Human Rights Activists Ahead of Protest

Amnesty International has requested that Serbian authorities release eleven activists from Bulgaria, Finland, and Slovakia who were in Serbia to hold peaceful protests during the CEE-China Summit in Belgrade.

Southeast Asia's Public Transport Woes in Photos

Motorbike riders without helmet, overloaded jeepneys, and train passengers on roof carriages are some of the common public transport spectacles we see in the streets of Southeast Asia.

Small Fries, Big Problems for Japan's McDonald's

A port strike in the U.S. is causing a potato shortage in Japan and affecting McDonald's menus. But the company has more to worry about than just French fry rationing.