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China: Healthier urbanization mooted

For the first time, China's urbanization has a clear direction to follow thanks to a central conference at the weekend. This direction will pull China's continued urban development, which is essential for its modernization, out of the unsustainable rut it was in and divert more resources to the less-developed central and western parts of the country.

 

Bhutan: Local news from abroad

The local media was beaten hands down last week when they missed an important development in the government’s policy on electric vehicles.

Thailand: Facing acid test of its democratic principles

Editorial Desk

The newspaper images from Sunday's massive rally in Bangkok spoke loud and clear. People from all walks of life and every political hue shared one goal: to exercise their right to protest against an "unjust" government. 

China: US fuels belligerent Abe

Editorial Desk

Two "unarmed" US B-52 bombers, on a "long-planned" "training mission", made an "over-flight" through China's East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone on Tuesday, according to the Pentagon.

Thailand: Why the amnesty bill has caused a split between Pheu Thai and the red shirts

By Suthichai Yoon

According to Nattawut Saikuar, the passage of the "blanket amnesty" bill by the House of Representatives in the wee hours of November 1 has posed a most difficult challenge for the relationship between the red shirts and the ruling Pheu Thai Party.

Thailand: A shameful silence on domestic abuse

Headlines made by the revenge murder of an abuser hide a deeper problem in Thai society It's a heartbreaking story, like something from a soap opera: A woman masterminds the murder of her violent son-in-law to get him out of her daughter's life.

Vietnam: Challenges facing UN reform

The United Nations, the world’s biggest organization, was founded on October 24, 1945, with the aim of preventing wars and conflicts, and maintaining world peace and security.

China: Double standards on terror

Did some foreign media, those in the United States in particular, have any evidence to support their distorted view of the Tian'anmen crash on October 28, which has been confirmed by a police investigation to be a terrorist attack carried out by Uygur extremists?

Sri Lanka: Prostituting media freedom 


Media freedom, like all freedoms, is not something one can talk about in absolutist language.  There are always caveats.  There are always conditions.  There are lines imposed and there are limits that come from within, the latter kind being two fold, those birthed by fear and those that are spawned by ideological or political preferences.

For all the rhetoric about absolute freedom of expression and objectivity in reportage and comment, the truth is that everyone defines for him/herself an operational comfort zone.  There’s a lot of over-focus on pet peeves and a studious look-askance when friend or chosen ideology slips up.  Those who disagree are probably blissfully ignorant or consciously deceitful. 
That said, there is nothing to say that the freedoms that do exist are adequate or those that don’t are not worth fighting for.  In short, things can always be better.

Corruption in Myanmar: Take down the real villains

By Naing Ko Ko

Instead of focusing on low-salaried bureaucrats as the main cause of graft, advocates need to go after those at the very top of the centres of power 

Thailand: Country in danger when populism silences criticism

By Attayuth Bootsripoom

 A number of commentators have come out to warn the Thai government about the potentially severe impact of problematic populist projects, such as the rice-pledging scheme, and the first-car and first-house tax rebates. 

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