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December 24, 2009
Copenhagen, Round 2
It’s always struck me that the danger for governments with too compliant a media is that when they try to bring their message to the international stage, they’re unprepared for the critical thinking they’re likely to be exposed to by the internationa
Copenhagen, Round 2
December 22, 2009
The Long Haul
Having yesterday lambasted poor media coverage of Asia overseas, I’m also happy to say there’s still some very good, thoughtful and informative stuff out there as well.A few pieces caught my eye on Afghanistan today. One is the second part of a serie
The Long Haul
December 21, 2009
Media Double Standards
the photo that accompanies it and you see a collapsed apartment block.It’s a striking picture. Unfortunately it was taken 10 years ago, when Taipei was hit by a devastating earthquake that claimed more than 2400 lives. I appreciate editors are under
Media Double Standards
December 18, 2009
Poor Japan
(Disclaimer: This information was to the best of my knowledge accurate last time I looked on the respective websites, but may have changed now)Poor Japan–even on issues where it can validly claim to be a global leader its efforts get overlooked.In S
Poor Japan
December 17, 2009
The Nationalism Card
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit VejjajivaA temptation for governments, and Asia is no exception, is to start bashing (rhetorically) a neighbour to drum up domestic support, or at least to distract from problems at home. The trouble is, the passions that
The Nationalism Card
December 16, 2009
Long Way to Go.
As our contributor in Copenhagen, Stephen Minas, suggests in his latest dispatch from the climate change conference, there’s still an awful lot to do if any kind of deal is to be reached.Meanwhile, though, Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europ
Long Way to Go.
December 15, 2009
Slap in the Face
Reports about the discovery of more than 30 tonnes of weapons (including rockets, explosives and missile components) on a plane inspected in Thailand, believed to have just come from North Korea, underscore the point I made recently about Pyongyang’s
Slap in the Face
December 14, 2009
We the People
Having mentioned last week the challenges facing a country the size of India in ensuring its integrity, it’s worth mentioning the challenges facing that other regional giant, China.As reported in the China Daily newspaper today, Chinese President Hu
We the People
December 11, 2009
Ma in Trouble?
Taiwan is an interesting island — despite its small size, it has the tenth-largest economy in Asia (26th in the world) and plays an outsized role in regional strategic reckoning because of its uncertain status. So polls here, even local ones, can be
Ma in Trouble?
December 10, 2009
India's Next State
An interesting piece of news out today about India’s plans to carve out a new state from Andhra Pradesh and create a new one called Telangana. The move for the underdeveloped region follows 50 years of sometimes violent demands for a separate state.G
India's Next State
December 09, 2009
Doubters Vindicated?
The climate summit in Copenhagen already looks like it’s running into trouble with some leaked emails in the first couple of days outraging African nations (who worry a discussed goal of limiting warming to two degrees isn’t enough) and Saudi Arabia,
Doubters Vindicated?
December 08, 2009
Will he or won't he?
Image by Rich Lees(Contact: rich@richleedraws.com)The US has often stated that it wants Japan to be a more independent ally, though as is often the case with US policymakers the hope is that independent positions will always just happen to coincide w
Will he or won't he?
December 07, 2009
Grand Ambitions
Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd hosted an interesting meeting over the weekend aimed at fleshing out his vision of a more integrated Asia community. Speaking at the gathering of regional media, think tank and government officials, Rudd said count
Grand Ambitions
December 07, 2009
Where's bin Laden?
The dearth of information on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden was underscored in the starkest terms in an interview aired over the weekend by George Stephanopoulos with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates. Asked when the last time was the Unite
Where's bin Laden?
December 04, 2009
Friend or Foe?
A survey out yesterday conducted by the Pew Research Center on public and Council on Foreign Relations members’ opinions makes for interesting reading. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, the US public is turning inward and is increasingly of the mind that i
Friend or Foe?
December 03, 2009
Climate Countdown
With the Copenhagen climate summit ready to kick-off this week, the World Bank has released an interesting report stating that developing economies including The Philippines will bear about 80 percent of the potential cost of climate
Climate Countdown
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