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Stories about Asia

16 August 2017

Deadly Floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal Wreak Havoc

At least 6 million people were affected by the floods in Nepal's Terai region and more than 48,000 homes were submerged.

Global NGOs Call for the Release of Cambodian Land Rights Activist Tep Vanny

“Even though I am in jail, I am handcuffed and I am wearing prison uniform, the reality is that I am forever innocent.”

15 August 2017

‘Dagdag Gastos’ Calculator Debunks Philippine Government Claim That Tax Reform Will Benefit the Poor

"Ultimately, more Filipino families will have to shoulder added expenses to their already gravely inadequate incomes."

13 August 2017

On Anniversary of Nagasaki Bombing, Japanese Government Criticized For Refusing to Sign Ban on Nuclear Weapons

“Whose country are you leader of anyway?” — a representative of survivors of the 1945 bombing lashes out at Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

12 August 2017

Thailand's Broadcasting Authority Suspends TV Network That Called Junta Leader a Dictator

"The order punishes the entire station including all programs regardless of content, and all personnel regardless of role."

11 August 2017

Amid Efforts to Clean Up Corruption, Uzbekistan's President Calls Prosecutors ‘Trash’

"I am sorry, but I don’t like prosecutors at all…. I was a district chairman, a province chairman and I know very well how these unscrupulous people behave."

Record-Breaking Action Movie ‘Wolf Warriors 2′ Takes Chinese Nationalism to a New Level

"This movie is horrible and unreasonable, a dream of idiotic patriotism."

10 August 2017

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood

Global Voices Advocacy

The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

9 August 2017

Thousands of Families Face Forced Eviction From Their Homes Over Sardar Sarovar Dam in India

One activist movement launched a hunger strike to support the dam's victims, but police forcibly removed the leader from the protest site by police and shifted her to a hospital.

8 August 2017

Afghanistan's Government Stood by as Militants Unleashed Hell on a Hazara Village

The capture of Mirzaolang by Taliban-led militants is the latest shocking brutality inflicted on the long-suffering ethnic group.

In Highly Criticized Stunt, Chinese Reporter Drinks River Water to Prove It's Clean

"This reporter can definitely advance in his career. Come, there is a position in the Environmental Bureau. Come take the position."

‘Troll-in-Chief'? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Admits Hiring Online Defenders During 2016 Election

Global Voices Advocacy

The study found out that $200,000 were spent to fund the pro-Duterte troll army composed of 400 to 500 individuals.

What's Behind the Success of Satirical Media in Hong Kong?

"The reason why Most100’s parodies are so popular is related to the reality that people cannot change society and so they can only take pleasure in satires."

7 August 2017

Despite Pressure From China, Taiwan Finds Ways to Participate on the World Stage

"‘The world’ is not the world outside the window. ‘The world’ is the water in a fish tank, and we are all fish in this tank."

6 August 2017

How an Indian Village in West Bengal Successfully Campaigned to Get Its Own Ambulance Service

Many risked their lives due to the lack of an affordable ambulance service in a village in West Bengal, but things turned around when Bikash Barman made a video.

Japanese Politician Pressures School Principal About the Use of History Textbook that Explains the ‘Comfort Women’ Issue

‘Why was this textbook selected?’ trended on Twitter after a Japanese politician questioned the selection of a school textbook referencing the ‘comfort women’ issue.

Maitree Express: The Friendship Train Between India and Bangladesh

"The Kolkata-Khulna (Maitree Express) train has been relaunched 52 years after the Indo Pakistan War 1965. Cheers!"

Jailed for Journalism: A Profile of Detained Reporters in Myanmar

Global Voices Advocacy

Since June 2017, five members of the media have been detained by the government.

Thai Journalist and Two Other Critics of Military-Led Government Face Sedition Charges Over Facebook Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"I will continue to criticize the illegitimate military regime until they take away my smartphone."

5 August 2017

‘The Turkmenator': Turkmenistan's President Plays Up His Gun and Knife Skills on State TV

An overseas independent news outlet was quick to download the footage and re-edit it into a Hollywood-style action sequence, which went viral.

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