Stories about East Asia from July, 2008
Vuthanews reports that opposition parties in Cambodia are calling on the international community to reject the weekend election results claiming they were manipulated and rigged. Khmer Nationality writes about election campaigning in the countryside.
Sovereign Myth dissects the political crisis in Thailand focusing on the “current struggle between liberal and democratic-majoritarian politics” He adds: “In the current circumstances it is not hard to imagine a descent into violence, blood letting and “democratic” excuses.”
Stalkdebbie and The 7th Magnum are not impressed by the Philippine president's 8th State of the Nation Address. Bits, pieces, and blogs provides the key points of the president's past speeches.
A Singapore blogger lists the possible negative outcomes if organ trading is to be legalized in the world
A Filipino politician reveals his monthly salary to belie popular perception that politicians are earning big.
Andrew is very surprised about the Internet access fee in the media center at Beijing Olympics.
Edward from Japundit posts two youtube clips on Tokyo street performance by Koharu and friend.
Hyejin721 from Ohmynews! writes a report on a riot police officer's decision to leave the army: “I left the army to save my conscience!”
CINA re-posts a detailed account of a peaceful protest against the government in last Saturday by an Amercian disapora in South Korea. The protest ended up in police repression and there is a call for international solidarity.
Jamie from Two Koreas highlights two recent incidents showing how the government intends to impose law and order by repressing the civil society and freedom of speech.
Re: exorbitant prices for internet access in Beijing's Olympic Media Village, one writer on Andrew Lih's AndrewLih.com: “I just can’t believe that not only do I have to deal with the Great Firewall of China, but also pay through the nose to use it!”
Ask a Korean addresses another sensitive question:Why are Koreans Hypersensitive to Criticisms from Non-Koreans?
Wongonyin predicts that the coming legislative council election would become an internal battle within pan democratic clan.
Buxi from Fool's mountain translated a blog post from Tianya “China feels very turbulent” part I and part II.
Donews looked into a Xinhua photo in which you can see a twins and the sudden change of floor texture as a result of PS editing.
Liu Xiaoyuan highlights and comments on a local report about a district government from Tongliao city in inner Mongolia's suppression of civic right movement by hiring all lawyers in the area to prevent the people from suing the government officials.
Angry Chinese blogger comments on Beijing policy on political dissidents, in particular the recent refusal in giving passport to the Tibetan writer Woeser.
Zhaomu comments on a recent report claiming that Bill Gate will spend 100 millions to rent a high rise courtyard of one year in Beijing in order to have the best view on Olympics. The blogger anticipates more Olympic lies in the coming months.
1Bao posted several exclusive pieces on the nationwide starvation during the 1950s (Great Leap Forward).
The Czech Daily Word reports on the problems in relationship between the Czech Republic and China on the eve of the Olympics.
An important debate is raging in Singapore: Should government legalize organ trade? Health officials, medical specialists and bloggers are exchanging views about the issue.