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State Projects and Proxies: All the President’s Men in Kyrgyzstan

State Projects and Proxies: All the President’s Men in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
A new OCCRP, Temirov Live, Kloop investigation finishes “the work of those who can longer do journalism in Kyrgyzstan” by uncovering a murky network of connections profiting from state projects.

Pakistan Plans to Regulate Social Media Through Legislation

Pakistan Plans to Regulate Social Media Through Legislation

By Umair Jamal
There are concerns that the authorities will misuse the proposed legislation to deal with critics and opponents.
Japan’s Slush Fund Scandal Intensifies in Diet Discussions

Japan’s Slush Fund Scandal Intensifies in Diet Discussions

By Thisanka Siripala
Political parties clashed over political fundraising reform as lawmakers deliberate on proposals for varying levels of transparency and punishment.

Nepal’s Deputy PM Crosses Swords With Largest Media House

Nepal’s Deputy PM Crosses Swords With Largest Media House

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Riled by news coverage of his corruption and illegal holding of two passports, Rabi Lamichhane reportedly ordered the arrest of the chairman of Kantipur Media Group.

Prime Minister Modi’s God Complex

Prime Minister Modi’s God Complex

By Kavita Chowdhury
Modi equates himself to the Divine to entice voters in the Indian general elections.

Two More Thai Activists Sentenced to Prison on Lese-Majeste Charges

Two More Thai Activists Sentenced to Prison on Lese-Majeste Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
Both were granted bail pending an appeal, following the recent death of a monarchy-reform activist in custody.

In the Hot Seat: To Lam’s Rise to the Vietnamese Presidency

In the Hot Seat: To Lam’s Rise to the Vietnamese Presidency

By Ian Hollinger
The powerful former public security minister has been boosted into the ranks of the country's top leaders. Will the promotion come back to haunt him?
Myanmar’s Tepid Thingyan New Year

Myanmar’s Tepid Thingyan New Year

By Naw Theresa
Like much else, the country's normally raucous new year festivities have become a political battleground since the 2021 coup.

What the Senate Coup Reveals About Philippine Politics

What the Senate Coup Reveals About Philippine Politics

By Mong Palatino
Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri is out, reportedly for opposing a proposal to amend the Philippine Constitution.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

By Shannon Tiezzi
Chiang Min-yen, a non-resident fellow at the Taiwan Economic Democracy Union, joins The Diplomat to discuss the concerns over the bill, the China factor, and what comes next. 

Outer Space in the BJP’s Election Manifesto: Promises and Prospects

Outer Space in the BJP’s Election Manifesto: Promises and Prospects

By Kiran Mohan Vazhapully
In one section of their manifesto, the BJP outlined its plan to make India a “leading space power.”
Why Are Taiwanese Youth Protesting Against Legislative Reform?

Why Are Taiwanese Youth Protesting Against Legislative Reform?

By Austin Horng-En Wang, Fang-Yu Chen, Charles K. S. Wu, and Yao-Yuan Yeh
Many young Taiwanese voted for the third-party TPP, but now are opposed to its efforts to push through a new reform package.

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