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Stories about East Asia

28 August 2014

Activist Blogger in Vietnam Gets 3 Years Behind Bars for ‘Obstructing Traffic’

Global Voices Advocacy

A court has sentenced a prominent Vietnamese activist blogger to three years in prison for posing a “serious obstruction to traffic.” Her two other companions will join her behind bars.

Macau Authorities Crack Down on Pro-Democracy Activists Who Want the Right to Vote for Their Next Leader

Macau, a special administrative region of China, elects its top leader via a committee. Three pro-democracy groups have organized an unofficial referendum on the right to vote in 2019.

27 August 2014

‘Citizen Lawmakers’ in the Philippines Are Organizing a Campaign To Do What Politicians Won't: Abolish Pork Barrel

Hundreds of organizations hailing from various sectors have united in a historic attempt to collect enough signatures for a law abolishing the corruption-tainted presidential and congressional pork barrel.

25 August 2014

China Insists That Hong Kong Should Only Have Pro-Beijing Candidates — for National Security

China's Basic Law Committee Li Fei said that "the person who governs Hong Kong must be a patriot" or the city risks turning into an independent political entity.

Leaked Documents Reveal How the Chinese Communist Party Channels Public Opinion

Global Voices Advocacy

What exactly do China's online "opinion analysts" do? A recent scandal at Peking University sheds light on the question.

20 August 2014

Ignoring Pro-Democracy Protests, China's Media Trumpets Pro-Beijing March in Hong Kong as the ‘Majority’

China has promised Hong Kong a direct vote for the next chief executive, but insists that a committee approve the candidates. Pro-democracy protesters want the right to choose the candidates.

Five Million People Have Had Enough of Myanmar's Current Constitution

Myanmar's opposition is pushing a large-scale constitutional reform effort to remove "undemocratic provisions" that it says sustain the country's current military-backed government.

19 August 2014

Thailand's Military Junta Cements Its Power With ‘Undemocratic’ Interim Constitution

Thailand’s military government has enacted an interim constitution which critics described as a charter that is designed to perpetuate a military dictatorship.

18 August 2014

Pope Francis’ New Wheels Cause a Stir in South Korea

Pope Francis' inaugural visit to South Korea caused a media frenzy, thanks in part to scenes of the pontiff riding around in a Kia, instead of a bulletproof sedan.

15 August 2014

How the ‘Boycott McDonald’s’ Campaign for Gaza is Hurting Some Muslims in Malaysia

The campaign was organized to pressure companies accused of supporting Israel. But McDonald's in Malaysia says it is hurting their workers and their families.

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