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· August, 2016

Stories about East Asia from August, 2016

9 August 2016

Dear Hong Kong Activists, Please Stop Telling Everyone Telegram is Secure

Advox

While we marched across Hong Kong Island, organizers shouted, “download Telegram, it's more secure than WhatsApp!” But Telegram is not more secure than Whatsapp -- in many circumstances, it's worse.

8 August 2016

Food Trucks Have Arrived in Hong Kong, But Not Everyone Is Lining Up

More than half of the new food-truck licenses ended up in the hands of big corporate food subsidiaries. Many, however, believe the scheme is poorly and unfairly designed

7 August 2016

Japan Off to a Strong Start at 2016 Rio Olympics

Japanese men and women got off to a strong start during the first weekend of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Southeast Asia’s Iconic Mosques, Temples, Pagodas, and Cathedrals

Where can you find the largest Catholic cathedral in Asia, the world's largest religious monument, and the only mosque without a dome? Only in Southeast Asia.

5 August 2016

Justice as Usual, or Attack on Free Speech? Debunking Singapore’s Contempt-of-Court Bill

Advox

"Leaving people confused over what can or can’t be said will have a chilling effect, whatever the intention of the law, further entrenching a culture of self-censorship and passive citizenship."

Japanese Police Are Spying on Muslims, Despite The Constitution

Advox

The Supreme Court's dismissal of a case questioning the legality of putting Muslims under surveillance based on their religion alone brought a long series of court battles to an end.

Hong Kong Election Officials Disqualify Six Legislative Candidates for Not Being ‘Loyal’ Enough to China

"Would anyone on earth want his or her fate to be determined by others? Only a lackey would think so."

4 August 2016

Netizen Report: In China and the Middle East, Pokémon GO is Not All Fun and Games

Advox

While Pokemon continues to make waves across the globe, the UAE passes a perplexing new VPN law, Brazil's battle with WhatsApp continues and Mexican indigenous groups launch their own telco.

Who Are Hong Kong's ‘Monster Parents'?

"[University officials] explained that while the school did not prohibit families from asking their domestic helpers to tidy up students’ dorm rooms, they did not encourage it..."

3 August 2016

How the Vietnamese People Reacted to the South China Sea Ruling

"Groups of riders zipped through the streets, each biker with a passenger holding up a sign that read “China get out of Vietnam”.

2 August 2016

Critics See China's Fingerprints All Over the Turmoil at Hong Kong's Anti-Corruption Authority

"...if Beijing appoints a high official in Hong Kong, it can’t have some other body come along and prosecute the guy. Who’s in charge here? This is China."

1 August 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices: Pokémon Go Gets Political

This week, we take you to Iran, Japan, China, Mexico and Timor-Leste.

‘This Is a 99.99 Percent Democracy’ and Other Orwellian Newspeak by Thailand's Junta

"The closer to the August referendum, the more intense intimidation gets."

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