Category: Asia

Leonardo DiCaprio cooperating in kleptocracy probe

     

Leonardo DiCaprio is aiding the investigation into a Malaysian embezzlement scam that involved his hit film about financial market fraud, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” AFP reports: The Hollywood star… Read more »

China’s ‘great stagnation’ risks hard landing

     

China’s economy is stalling. The most likely economic scenario over the course of the next decade is not high growth or an economic collapse, but stagnation. If this occurs, the… Read more »

Inclusion & empowerment vital for democratic development

     

  Inclusion and empowerment are vital for both democracy and development to take hold in conflict and post-conflict situations, according to Nicholas Haysom, special representative of United Nations Secretary-General Ban… Read more »

Havel’s legacy is timeless, Dalai Lama tells Forum 2000

     

About 1000 people, some of them carrying Tibetan flags or posters reading Free Tibet, came to Prague’s Hradcany Square to welcome the Dalai Lama, who arrived to attend the 20th… Read more »

China’s decentralized kleptocracy: dynamics of regime decay

     

In 1989 the movement for democracy brought the Chinese Communist Party to within days of extinction, The Economist notes: According to official reports, on one day alone, May 22nd, 6m… Read more »

Autocrats more trusted than democrats?

     

Authoritarian leaders are seen as far more trustworthy than politicians in more openly democratic countries across the emerging world, according to data compiled by the World Economic Forum, The Financial… Read more »

Pakistan: journalist travel ban ‘against the norms of democracy’

     

Pakistan’s government should immediately drop the travel ban on a leading journalist and respect a free and open working environment for the media, Human Rights Watch said today: On October… Read more »

Vietnam moving to smother dissent

     

There are growing signs that Vietnam’s government is moving to smother dissent, as the one-party regime in recent days has labeled a pro-democracy group a terrorist organization, imprisoned a blogger… Read more »

Imprisoned Uighur scholar given top human rights award

     

A prominent Uighur scholar jailed in China after speaking out against repression in his native Xinjiang was named on Tuesday as the winner of a prestigious international human rights award… Read more »