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Stories about Asia

28 March 2017

Georgia Really, Really Wanted a Visa-Free Agreement with the EU, and Now It's Party Time

"From Tuesday, Georgian nationals may visit Europe’s vast borderless Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 day period."

Thai Junta's Media Regulator Suspends Voice TV for ‘Unreasonable Criticism’ and ‘Biased Content’

"Even though Voice TV may provide different views, we insist that the contents do not harm national security."

27 March 2017

Beijing's Favorite Carrie Lam Becomes Hong Kong's First Woman Leader With 777 Votes

She promised to "heal the divide" in her victory speech, but her win was met with protests by pro-democracy activists.

26 March 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Media Facing Pressure from a Fearful President

Global Voices Advocacy

A series of civil suits launched by the state prosecutor have seemingly targeted media for quoting the government's critics.

25 March 2017

What's Old Is New: Are You Listening? Podcast

We take you to Jamaica, Indonesia, Syria, Macedonia and Ethiopia for tales of remembering, revival and resurgence in this podcast.

24 March 2017

Concrete Lovers, This Is What Social Housing Looks Like in Japan

An interesting blog devoted to documenting the concrete housing projects that have been home to several generations of Japanese since the end of the war.

23 March 2017

Hong Kong Residents Are Trolling China's New ‘Diplomacy’ Page on Facebook

When China's Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong opened an official Facebook page, it was quickly flooded with angry comments.

Is Kazakhstan's President a Dictator? You Decide.

The Bridge

In a recent discussion with a hand-picked selection of journalists, Nazarbayev took pains to explain why Asian societies aren't always suited to democracy.

There Are ‘No Borders to Music,’ But the U.S. Consulate Still Rejected These Indonesian Choir Members’ Visas

"Regardless of the “borders” instilled by politics, there are no borders to music, no borders to unity through artistry, no borders from humanity that thrives from singing of the heart."

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

22 March 2017

Hong Kong's Hottest Fake News Headlines Target Refugees, Foreign Domestic Workers

Hong Kong's increase in fake news prompted media activists to create the Facebook page Kau Yim to verify important information and identify fake news.

Kathmandu’s Pollution Is So Bad, Even Gods Need Masks

The level of pollution in Kathmandu has surpassed the minimum acceptable level and the residents are reacting by putting masks over their faces, just like the city's iconic statues.

21 March 2017

Chinese Lawmakers Seek to Protect Dead Communist Heroes With New Law

Critics are worried the new 'hero law' could have a chilling effect on academic and historical inquiry in China.

20 March 2017

India Fights to Bring ‘My Freedom Day’ to Its 12 Million Slaves

This year, roughly 12 million slaves in India couldn't celebrate My Freedom Day. That number could rise to 18 million, if more isn't done to help India's most vulnerable.

19 March 2017

In Northern Sri Lanka, Incidents of Military Intimidation Threaten Reconciliation

"There was clearly anger from the side of the military that people were getting their land back."

How One Small Japanese City Is Attracting Trainspotters

How is a small city in western Japan attracting thousands of tourists? Trainspotting.

18 March 2017

Afghanistan's Cricket Team Sends Hope Home from India

"Finally, a great feat! [Our] tenth win in a row in T20Is. Towards the glory!"

16 March 2017

Life Inside a Leprosy Colony in Myanmar

Pyay Kyaw visits patients at the St. Joseph Cotto Legnos Leprosy Colony, home to people like Maya, who once was forced to live in her town’s cemetery due to stigma.

Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Global Voices Advocacy

Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.

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