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Art Imitates Life in Indonesian Horror Film – But is Anyone Entertained?

Art Imitates Life in Indonesian Horror Film – But is Anyone Entertained?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
The hit film “Vina: Sebelum 7 Hari” drew its inspiration from the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in 2016, prompting accusations of bad taste.
Zahra Joya on the Resilience of Afghanistan’s Women in the Face of Patriarchy and Pressure

Zahra Joya on the Resilience of Afghanistan’s Women in the Face of Patriarchy and Pressure

By Catherine Putz
Even before the Taliban takeover, Afghanistan's media landscape was largely male-dominated; women's stories were either underreported or misrepresented. So Joya founded Rukhshana Media.

China’s AI Gambit: Old Tricks for a New Game

China’s AI Gambit: Old Tricks for a New Game

By Shaoyu Yuan
Rather than pushing the boundaries of innovation, Beijing seeks to mold existing AI technologies to fit its own socio-political objectives.

Taiwan’s LGBTQ Progress Under Lai Ching-te: From Rhetoric to Action

Taiwan’s LGBTQ Progress Under Lai Ching-te: From Rhetoric to Action

By Huynh Tam Sang and Phan Van Tim
With the DPP’s legacy on marriage equality as a springboard, President Lai should advance LGBTQ rights in Taiwan through a two-pronged strategy.

Why India and Pakistan’s T20 Cricket Showdown in New York Is Such a Big Deal

Why India and Pakistan’s T20 Cricket Showdown in New York Is Such a Big Deal

By Umer Hussain, M. Fahad Humayun, Simran Kaur Sethi, and Steve Bien-Aime
Cricket advocates could not have written a better script: a raucous crowd cheering on a rare matchup between cricket’s biggest rivals, taking place in the biggest media market in the U.S.
Tibetan Participation in India’s Elections: Past, Present, and Future

Tibetan Participation in India’s Elections: Past, Present, and Future

By Kalyani Yeola and Tenzing Dhamdul
Historically, Tibetans have been reluctant to claim Indian citizenship (and their right to vote) over fears of losing their distinct identity. That is changing.

Keeping Kyrgyz Journalism Afloat While the Island of Democracy Sinks

Keeping Kyrgyz Journalism Afloat While the Island of Democracy Sinks

By Aigerim Turgunbaeva and Sher Khashimov
“One way or another, our journalists will do what matters.” 
Hong Kong and Tiananmen: Erasing Memory in the Name of National Security

Hong Kong and Tiananmen: Erasing Memory in the Name of National Security

By Eric Wear and Anouk Wear
Hong Kong's vague and ambiguous concept of “national security,” imported from the mainland, is applied to arts and culture.

Chief Financial Officer of Anti-CCP, Pro-Trump The Epoch Times Accused of Money Laundering

Chief Financial Officer of Anti-CCP, Pro-Trump The Epoch Times Accused of Money Laundering

By David Bauder
Federal prosecutors in New York charged Weidong “Bill” Guan with funneling $67 million in criminal proceeds to the company, its affiliates, and himself.

Japan’s Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low as the Number of Marriages Also Drops

Japan’s Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low as the Number of Marriages Also Drops

By Mari Yamaguchi
For the eighth straight year, Japan’s birth rate hit a new low, in what the government called a “critical situation.”

Australian Online Watchdog Drops Federal Court Case Against X Over Stabbing Video

Australian Online Watchdog Drops Federal Court Case Against X Over Stabbing Video

By Rod McGuirk
But eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant is continuing legal action against the platform formerly known as Twitter in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Imams in Uzbekistan Asked to Stay off Social Media

Imams in Uzbekistan Asked to Stay off Social Media

By Niginakhon Saida
Uzbek imams and religious bloggers occupy an influential space online in Uzbekistan.

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