Stories about East Asia from February, 2015
Prachatai's infographic lists some of the ordinary activities the authorities have suppressed over the past nine months. The junta's paranoia runs deep.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo denied clemency appeals and stated that the country is dealing with a drug emergency problem.
Global Voices interviews exiled activist Paul Inggamer about his views of his native West Papua and the campaign for independence against the existing Indonesian occupation.
YouthCreate works to increase the number of young people who vote. Founder Kensuke Harada became alarmed by the lack of interest by his fellow youth in Japan's political process.
In 2012, the globally reported murder rate approached three per week. Growing violence against environmental activists is leading to a search for solutions.
Pro-democracy activists have given a twist to the traditional red envelopes, which normally carry seasonal greetings, to support the Umbrella Revolution.
The Japanese journalist, who was executed by ISIS in January, logged his heart-wrenching and thought-provoking observations about conflict in the Middle East and Africa on his website and Twitter account.
The Thai junta is summoning individuals whom they perceive as dissenters or those requiring an “attitude adjustment” for having different views. Three recent cases highlight this worrying trend.
One Malaysian TV channel posted a YouTube video of a fan meeting with band B1A4 under a title that accused the musicians of having "molested Muslim girls".
"I would urge him to commit harakiri," Dewi Sukarno writes. "If I were his mother, I definitely would do so — I would want my son to be a hero."
More than a 1,000 people have signed the online declaration. During the recent hostage crisis, some people in Japan called for "self-restraint" in light of criticism of the government.
Forty-four policemen died in a special operation to capture the alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings. President Aquino attended a car event instead of the arrival honors.
"Nobody deserves the death penalty, no matter what crime has been committed. #IStandForMercy."
"I cannot help but feel sad. What makes us be so overcome with negative feelings when we see a minority who is different from us?"
"The shootings are emblematic of the routine human rights abuses that security forces carry out with impunity in Papua."
The world refuses to remember Kenji Goto for what ISIS had done to him. Instead, many celebrate him for his bravery and compassion for those in conflict zones.
Some civil society organizations are calling the draft digital economy bills “national security bills in disguise” because of their repressive provisions.
But the government insisted that the 'family camp' for homeless families merely coincided with the papal visit.
A newly launched ad service within friend circles show some users BMW ads, while others see Coca-Cola ads, leading angry netizens to accuse the messaging app of discrimination.
"What was the happiest moment in your life? When my wife first conceived a child. When was your saddest moment? When the same child passed away."