Dispatches: The Global War Against Journalists

Dispatches: The Global War Against JournalistsAt the end of each year, Asia Sentinel totals the annual number of men and women who were murdered, caught in combat crossfire, jailed, beaten or censored because of because of their dedication to the profession of journalism. Sadly, very few pay for the toll, partly because all too often it is governments or powerful…

Sexual Healing or Hong Kong Hypocrisy?

Sexual Healing or Hong Kong Hypocrisy?Hong Kong authorities have engaged in one of their bouts of enforcing what they choose to claim is sexual morality using the law against the private practice by consenting adults of their sexual inclinations. Meanwhile commercial sex flourishes on a grand scale to the great profit of landlords hosting one-woman brothels – and of a…

Internet Anxiety in Bali

Internet Anxiety in BaliMore than 1,500 representatives of governments, civil societies and others met in Bali earlier this month to discuss Internet governance in an atmosphere of anxiety and outrage kicked up by the storm of revelations since June by the fugitive Edward Snowden over US government spying. However, there is anxiety as well between governments over the…

Security Lapse at the EU Leaders’ Summit

Security Lapse at the EU Leaders’ SummitIn photos made public of several closed-door bilateral meetings between various European leaders last week, there were two common denominators. One was the presence of the French President Francois Hollande. The other was the VoIP phone on the conference table. What is that phone doing there? In the middle of a major brouhaha over charges…

Asia’s Gender Problem

Asia’s Gender ProblemAsia may lead the world in economic growth rates but when it comes to gender equality, most of it has a long way to go even to catch up with much of sub-Saharan Africa and most of Latin America and the Caribbean. Of Asian nations, only the usually much-maligned Philippines stands out – despite its…

Goodbye to All That: Wan Chai Under Threat

Hong Kong's Wan Chai district, the raucous home away from home for tens of thousands of Jack Tars, GIs and US sailors for generations, is beginning to gentrify, squeezing the famed bar area into ever smaller bits under the relentless wrecking ball of the Urban Renewal Agency. The latest cleanup revolves around a block-size area…
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