Category: Asia Pacific

An American Alliance in Confusion

Duterte speaking in Beijing on October 20, announcing the separation of the United States and the Philippines. https://flic.kr/p/MtTrf8

This past week Rodrigo Duterte, the new president of the Philippines, made a state visit to Beijing where he gave a public speech, the rhetoric and policy of which would indicate a drastic change from the sixty-year-long status quo. “In…

ICC Expands Remit to Environmental Crimes: Is This What the People of Cambodia Have Been Waiting For?

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Cambodia’s land reforms in 2001 have led to over 10 years of violent and coercive land grabs, damaging the livelihoods of nearly 10,000 Cambodian citizens. These reforms initially legalized the act of spontaneous land-grabbing when such dispossession is justified by…

Chinese Premier Li’s visit: Where Canada Stands with China

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From September 21st to 24th, all eyes were on Ottawa as Canada played host to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in what was considered to be a definitive milestone in Sino-Canadian relations, marking the first visit by a Chinese premier in 13…

Religion and Politics in Malaysia: A Possible National Destabilization?

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With a multi-ethnic and diversified population in terms of religion, the political systems in Malaysia are crucial in maintaining any semblance of co-operation and order. This same sense of order is under threat by violent discourse on the part on Malaysia’s…

South Korean MPs Break World Record for the Longest Filibuster in History

The last speaker of the session, Lee Jong Kul, a lawmaker of the main opposition the Minjoo Party, speaks at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Outnumbered South Korean opposition lawmakers have ended more than a week of nonstop speeches in the National Assembly aimed at delaying a vote on the country's first anti-terror legislation. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Every March 1st is Independence Movement Day in Korea, which commemorates the historic civil uprising in 1919 against Japanese imperial rule. But this year’s commemoration marked more than a statutory holiday, as hundreds of thousands of people gathered to observe…