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China’s New Surveillance Currency
December 04, 2020

China’s New Surveillance Currency

By Maximilian Kärnfelt and Kai von Carnap
China is wrong to think its digital currency will increase global payments in RMB. But Beijing has its eye on a different prize, anyway.

US Senate Resolution Voices Support for Thai Protesters
December 04, 2020

US Senate Resolution Voices Support for Thai Protesters

By Sebastian Strangio
But making such support U.S. policy would create undoubtedly create tensions between Washington and Bangkok.
Duterte and Philippine Mayors Trade Loyalty for Drug Killings, Study Shows
December 04, 2020

Duterte and Philippine Mayors Trade Loyalty for Drug Killings, Study Shows

By Nick Aspinwall
Local officials have driven the Philippine president’s deadly drug war by ramping up anti-drug operations in exchange for political support.

What Does Rizieq Shihab’s Return Mean for Indonesian Politics?
December 04, 2020

What Does Rizieq Shihab’s Return Mean for Indonesian Politics?

By Bilveer Singh
The firebrand's return comes at a time of Islamist political ascendancy in Indonesia.

Rights Groups Allege Coercion in Rohingya Island Relocation Plan
December 04, 2020

Rights Groups Allege Coercion in Rohingya Island Relocation Plan

By Sebastian Strangio
Refugees and rights groups say that threats and inducements have been used to get refugees to move to the previously uninhabited island.

Philippine Jeepneys Won’t Go Down Without a Fight
December 04, 2020

Philippine Jeepneys Won’t Go Down Without a Fight

By Michael Beltran
Drivers have pushed back against a forced modernization scheme which the government says is needed to bring the iconic vehicles up to modern standards. 

Indian Government, Farmers to Meet Again Over Highway Blockade
December 04, 2020

Indian Government, Farmers to Meet Again Over Highway Blockade

By Associated Press
There was some progress in talks between the government and protesting farmers six days after the blockade began.
Kyrgyz Constitutional Chamber Nixes Petition to Undo Parliamentary Election Delay
December 03, 2020

Kyrgyz Constitutional Chamber Nixes Petition to Undo Parliamentary Election Delay

By Catherine Putz
The Kyrgyz Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber determined that parliament acted legally in extending its term and kicking parliamentary elections into 2021.

A Hitch in the Belt and Road in Myanmar
December 03, 2020

A Hitch in the Belt and Road in Myanmar

By Gene Ryack
A long-running war and COVID-19 muddle development in Kyaukphyu, Myanmar.

Procedure Set, Intra-Afghan Talks to Move on to Setting an Agenda
December 03, 2020

Procedure Set, Intra-Afghan Talks to Move on to Setting an Agenda

By Catherine Putz
After nearly three months, the Afghan government and the Taliban have reportedly agreed on a three-page document setting out the rules and procedures for talks.

Thai Prime Minister Acquitted of Ethics Breach, Retains Post
December 03, 2020

Thai Prime Minister Acquitted of Ethics Breach, Retains Post

By Associated Press
A nine-judge panel agreed with the army that retired senior officers such as Prayut are allowed to stay in army housing in recognition of their service.
Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections: The Ablyazov Effect
December 03, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections: The Ablyazov Effect

By Catherine Putz
Mukhtar Ablyazov is kryptonite in Kazakh politics.

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