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Australian Parliament to Debate a Beijing Olympics Boycott
October 21, 2020

Australian Parliament to Debate a Beijing Olympics Boycott

By Philip Citowicki
Next month the Senate will debate Australia’s participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics amid growing outcry over China’s human rights violations.

Kyrgyzstan: Raimbek Matraimov Detained, Released
October 21, 2020

Kyrgyzstan: Raimbek Matraimov Detained, Released

By Catherine Putz
The former customs official’s arrest was a suspicious surprise, though he’s long been alleged to have engaged in massive corruption in Kyrgyzstan. 
Pakistan’s Former Prime Minister Takes the Generals Head on Amid Growing Confrontation
October 20, 2020

Pakistan’s Former Prime Minister Takes the Generals Head on Amid Growing Confrontation

By Daud Khattak
The Pakistan army finds itself in a dilemma when it comes to continuing supporting the Imran Khan government.

Myanmar Elections Set to Exacerbate Erasure of the Rohingya Identity
October 20, 2020

Myanmar Elections Set to Exacerbate Erasure of the Rohingya Identity

By Kyaw Win and John Quinley III
A deeply flawed EU-funded election app exemplifies the tone-deaf approach of the international community.

Kyrgyzstan Working Toward New Elections Under New Rules
October 19, 2020

Kyrgyzstan Working Toward New Elections Under New Rules

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan looks likely to have a new parliament election sometime in December and a presidential poll in January. It may also have a constitutional referendum.

Opposition Rallies Rock Pakistan As Its Leaders Push Against Imran Khan and the Military
October 19, 2020

Opposition Rallies Rock Pakistan As Its Leaders Push Against Imran Khan and the Military

By Abhijnan Rej
Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif’s push against the country’s powerful military is a bold gambit with no obvious end game.

Of Hostage Diplomacy and History: China and American Political Polarization
October 19, 2020

Of Hostage Diplomacy and History: China and American Political Polarization

By Bradley J. Murg
Beijing's threats against U.S. citizens in China seemingly ignore the central place that "hostage diplomacy" has played in American history.
Myanmar Calls Off Polling in Rakhine, Shan Conflict Zones
October 19, 2020

Myanmar Calls Off Polling in Rakhine, Shan Conflict Zones

By Sebastian Strangio
The cancellations were expected, but some say the decisions were selective and benefit the ruling National League for Democracy.

Defying State of Emergency, Thailand Student Protests Roll Onward
October 19, 2020

Defying State of Emergency, Thailand Student Protests Roll Onward

By Sebastian Strangio
Thailand student protesters are increasingly drawing support – and tactics – from Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

Myanmar’s High-Risk Election
October 17, 2020

Myanmar’s High-Risk Election

By Tom Fawthrop
Aung San Suu Kyi’s dangerous gamble to push ahead with a controversial election as a second wave of COVID-19 hits Myanmar hard. 

Thai PM Refuses to Resign, Police Crack Down on Protesters
October 16, 2020

Thai PM Refuses to Resign, Police Crack Down on Protesters

By Associated Press
Thai police used water cannons and charged at a massive crowd in Bangkok.
4 Reasons the Philippines Needs Public Asset Disclosures From Its Politicians
October 16, 2020

4 Reasons the Philippines Needs Public Asset Disclosures From Its Politicians

By Ronald U.Mendoza and Michael Yusingco
The Philippines’ anti-corruption body has declined to make financial disclosures public. That’s a big problem.

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