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Courts in Kazakhstan Return Assets to Criminal Group
June 30, 2020

Courts in Kazakhstan Return Assets to Criminal Group

By Paolo Sorbello
In a surprising move, the Prosecutor obtained the restitution of assets to a criminal group facing corruption charges.
Undaunted, Joint Investigation Rolls Out Records Backing Corruption Reporting
June 30, 2020

Undaunted, Joint Investigation Rolls Out Records Backing Corruption Reporting

By Catherine Putz
RFE/RL, OCCRP and Kloop have published two new reports as well as a database filled with documents provided by murdered former money launderer Aierken Saimaiti.

Galwanized Mood: How India’s Hindu Nationalists Have Reacted to the India-China Crisis
June 30, 2020

Galwanized Mood: How India’s Hindu Nationalists Have Reacted to the India-China Crisis

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The RSS’ mouthpieces spoke of Beijing in belligerent words, but did not admit failures or formally suggest any new policies to counter China.

COVID-19: Nepal in Crisis
June 29, 2020

COVID-19: Nepal in Crisis

By Peter Gill
The coronavirus crisis has brought to the fore -- and exacerbated -- a number of the Nepali state’s long-standing weaknesses.

Why Are Australians Pessimistic?
June 29, 2020

Why Are Australians Pessimistic?

By Joshua Mcdonald
Water shortages, COVID-19, economic downturn and distrust in China are causing record-low pessimism among Australians.
Australian Lawmaker Investigated in China Influence Probe
June 26, 2020

Australian Lawmaker Investigated in China Influence Probe

By Associated Press
Police and intelligence officers searched the Sydney home of New South Wales state lawmaker Shaoquett Moselmane.

A Brief, Cautionary, History of Japan-US Immigration
June 26, 2020

A Brief, Cautionary, History of Japan-US Immigration

By Kaoru Ueda
Migration policies are influenced by a complicated mix of labor markets, geopolitics, trade and diplomacy -- and often have unintended consequences.
Suspending Lèse Majesté Could Actually Strengthen Thailand’s Monarchy
June 25, 2020

Suspending Lèse Majesté Could Actually Strengthen Thailand’s Monarchy

By David Hutt
Free speech could even get worse because of the suspension of lèse majesté.

Mongolia’s New Parliament: Familiar Party, Fresher Faces
June 25, 2020

Mongolia’s New Parliament: Familiar Party, Fresher Faces

By Julian Dierkes and Marissa Smith
The MPP retains its supermajority, but there is more to the results than simply a consolidation of power by the ruling party.

Singapore PM’s Brother Joins Opposition Party Ahead of Polls
June 24, 2020

Singapore PM’s Brother Joins Opposition Party Ahead of Polls

By Associated Press
Lee Hsien Yang, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's estranged brother, joined an opposition party but declined to say whether he’d run in the July 10 polls.

Is South Korea Really a Liberal Country?
June 24, 2020

Is South Korea Really a Liberal Country?

By James Park
The liberals’ primacy is unprecedented and likely long-term. But is it permanent?
Japanese Island Marks 75 Years Since Battle of Okinawa
June 24, 2020

Japanese Island Marks 75 Years Since Battle of Okinawa

By Associated Press
Japanese residents of Okinawa remembered the legacy of one of World War II’s deadliest battles.

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