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Australia Marks National Day With Protests, Calming Words
January 27, 2021

Australia Marks National Day With Protests, Calming Words

By Associated Press
Protesters called for Australia Day – bitterly referred to as “Invasion Day” – to be abolished.

Grapes of Wrath: Farmers’ Protests Spin Out of Control in Indian Capital
January 27, 2021

Grapes of Wrath: Farmers’ Protests Spin Out of Control in Indian Capital

By Abhijnan Rej
The events of January 26 – India’s Republic Day – demonstrate two key weaknesses that plague the Modi government.
The Tipu Sultan Party: In Search of a ‘Secular Sultan’
January 26, 2021

The Tipu Sultan Party: In Search of a ‘Secular Sultan’

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The image of Tipu Sultan ranges from one extreme to another: a freedom fighter and a secular ruler or a bigoted tyrant.

Someone to Watch Over Me: Trusting Surveillance in Singapore’s ‘Smart Nation’
January 26, 2021

Someone to Watch Over Me: Trusting Surveillance in Singapore’s ‘Smart Nation’

By Teo Yi-Ling and Muhammad Faizal Abdul Rahman
The TraceTogether controversy shows the need to renegotiate Singapore's social contract on the question of data privacy.

Cherian George on Singapore’s Political Evolution
January 26, 2021

Cherian George on Singapore’s Political Evolution

By Sebastian Strangio
"The main reason why leaders won’t reform the system is probably that they find the current situation far too comfortable."

Cambodian Prince Readies Return to Political Life
January 26, 2021

Cambodian Prince Readies Return to Political Life

By Sebastian Strangio
Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s comeback is unlikely to amount to much in electoral terms – but is convenient for the ruling CPP.

Ruling Communist Party to Set Vietnam’s Course This Week
January 26, 2021

Ruling Communist Party to Set Vietnam’s Course This Week

By Associated Press
The party is highly secretive and citizens are not even allowed to publicly discuss candidates.
The Taxman Cometh for Kazakh NGOs
January 26, 2021

The Taxman Cometh for Kazakh NGOs

By Catherine Putz
In January so far, four Kazakh NGOs have been fined and suspended by the state's tax authorities -- a convenient cover for political repression.

Hong Kong’s Present Echoes Tibet’s Past
January 25, 2021

Hong Kong’s Present Echoes Tibet’s Past

By Simon Shen
In both 1959 Tibet and 2019 Hong Kong, popular dissent became a flashpoint for the end of meaningful autonomy - just as Beijing had planned.

US Senate Confirms Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense
January 23, 2021

US Senate Confirms Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense

By Abhijnan Rej
He becomes the first African American to hold that office.

China’s Ocean Policy Specialist to Miss Out on 20th Central Committee
January 22, 2021

China’s Ocean Policy Specialist to Miss Out on 20th Central Committee

By Tristan Kenderdine
Liu Cigui’s promotion from Hainan party secretary effectively takes him out of the running for the ultimate prize: membership in the CCP Politburo.
Déjà Vu All Over Again in Pakistan
January 22, 2021

Déjà Vu All Over Again in Pakistan

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan’s opposition alliance accuses the ruling party of being close to India and Israel, as its movement show signs of petering out.

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