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Bougainville Prepares for Presidential Election
July 01, 2020

Bougainville Prepares for Presidential Election

By Grant Wyeth
After a pandemic delay, the election is set to take place from August 12 to September 1. 
Reaktsiya 3.0: Kyrgyz Protest Internet Censorship Bill
July 01, 2020

Reaktsiya 3.0: Kyrgyz Protest Internet Censorship Bill

By Colleen Wood
Will protests be enough to convince Kyrgyzstan’s president to veto a bill that would restrict freedom of speech online?

China Approves Contentious Hong Kong National Security Law
July 01, 2020

China Approves Contentious Hong Kong National Security Law

By Zen Soo and Ken Moritsugu
The new law targeting subversive and secessionist activity has sparked widespread fears of a crackdown on free speech.

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.

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