East Asia

South Korea: The Diplomats Who Can't Speak English

It was revealed on September 13, 2011, that four out of ten South Korean diplomats find it nearly impossible to use proper diplomatic language in English, prompting the public to raise questions on the competency of Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials.

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China and Hong Kong: Citizen Arrested for Wearing Political T-shirt

Li Keqiang, China's current vice premier and premier-to-be, began three-day visit to Hong Kong on August 16, 2011. On the first day of his visit, Li tried to show concern for Hong Kong people's livelihoods by visiting a center for the elderly and a residential campus in Lam Tin district.

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East Timor: Mysterious Shooting Incidents

Does East Timorese politics “use arms for competition (…) more than the competition of ideas”? Columnist with weekly Tempo Semanal Filipe Rodriguês Pereira questions [Tet] who was behind mysterious shooting incidents across the capital Dili last month. They occurred just after the UN announced the end of its current mission in 2012, also year of a Presidential election.

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Indonesia: Rage Over Death of Maid in Saudi

Indonesians reacted strongly when it was reported that Ruyati, 54, a migrant worker from West Java, was beheaded in Saudi Arabia last month. The woman was found guilty of killing her employer, who Ruyati claimed had abused her.

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Malaysia: Bersih Rally on Social Media

More than 1,400 people were arrested by the police in today’s Bersih 2.0 rally which was organized to push for electoral reforms in Malaysia. Police used teargas to disperse a crowd which reached up to 50,000 according to the organizers. Bersih means clean in the local language.

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